Backyard Vegetable Gardens – Grow your own fresh organic vegetables at home with these easy steps! It can be a fun and rewarding experience for the entire family. Get your kids involved, because it will teach them where fresh produce comes from. Start with a small basic garden, and purchase some seeds or small plants from your local garden centre. Choose some of your favourite vegetables.
Backyard Vegetable Gardens:
- 9 Steps for Creating a Backyard In-Ground Vegetable Garden – Planning, Preparing & Planting:
- Step 1:
Choose a level area of your yard that gets the most sunshine, away from trees and shrubs. The roots of nearby trees and shrubs will rob your vegetable garden of water and nutrients.
- Step 2:
Mark off your garden area with wooden stakes and string, and start digging.
- Step 3:
Remove any existing grass with a shovel or spade.
A small fence around the area will keep pets and other animals out of your garden.
- Step 4:
Dig the soil with a spade and loosen up all the clumps. By working the soil, you allow air and water to circulate more freely in the soil.
Add and work in at least two inches of compost and well-aged manure to your soil. This allows water to penetrate down to the roots.
Check the PH of your soil – the correct instruments for measuring PH can be found in any home and garden store.
If the PH in your soil is not ideal for a vegetable garden, it can be corrected with a small amount of lime of gypsum.
- Step 5:
Lay out your garden rows from north to south to prevent shading your plants. Plant the tallest vegetables on the north end of your garden, medium height plants in the centre, and shortest plants on the south end of your garden.
- Step 6:
Mark your garden rows for planting with small stakes and string.
Hint: If your garden plot is more than 4 feet wide, leave 2 to 3 foot paths between your rows. You will be able to tend and harvest your garden without trampling your plants.
- Step 7:
Follow the planting and spacing instructions on each of the seed packets or small plants that you have chosen.
- Step 8:
Your newly planted garden must be watered frequently, as the seeds need to be damp in order to sprout. Take care that small vegetable transplants do not completely dry out during the first few weeks, because they do not have well-established root systems.
- Step 9:
Remove all weeds promptly from your garden.