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Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Vegetable Gardens

Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Vegetable Gardens

Most people love the taste of fresh veggies out of the garden; nothing compares to food you grow yourself. This is why and more people are turning to home gardening- from flowers to herbs to vegetables. If you have been thinking about trying your hand at backyard vegetable gardens, then you have come to the right place. We will be looking at some tips for better gardening that can help you have a successful harvest from your vegetable garden!

Start Small and Grow From There

The single biggest mistake beginning gardeners make is trying to do too much too soon.  Start small and grow slowly.  It is better to have fun and enjoy a small garden than to be stressed out and annoyed by a large garden. You do not have to plant a garden that is the size of your yard- a few square yards of space is enough to have a few plants and to get started off right! As you gain experience you can expand your garden and let it grow as your skills and abilities grow.

Know Where and How to Plant 

All veggies typically need to be grown in a sunny location that gets around 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.  Even cool weather plants need sun- they just don’t handle hot temperatures and do better planted in the fall. The soil is very important and you will need to add compost or manure and other fertilizers to help your crops grow to their full potential. Another one of the important tips for better gardening that beginners often forget is to pace the crops properly and avoid overcrowding so they can grow properly and produce a good crop at harvest time.

Garden Plot Size

Many homeowners find success by starting with a vegetable garden that is somewhere around 16×10 feet and is planted with easy beginner crops. A plot this size, can yield fresh veggies for a family of three and have leftovers to freeze or can or give away. When you plan out the rows to plant your crops, they should run north and south so you can maximize exposure to the sun. Read up on the crops you want to make sure you have room and if you have to give up one crop for the sake of having room for another, go with crops that can produce all season long so you get the most yield out of your garden each season.

Suggested Plants

Here are some of the most commonly used vegetables that beginners often find easy to care for

  • Tomato bushes
  • Zucchini squash
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Bush beans
  • Lettuce
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Radishes

You can also use a row of flowers and other plants that help keep pests away. Marigolds are known to discourage rabbits from nibbling your plants and an also keep squirrels at bay.  Citronella plants will keep flies and mosquitoes away too! Backyard vegetable gardens can also be made more beautiful with some flower borders or a few low maintenance flowers adding a splash of color here and there! Get creative and see what works for your garden.

Contact Us For More Info or Assistance

If you are interested in trying your hand at creating backyard vegetable gardens and enjoy fresh food that you grew yourself, there is no better time to start planning than now! For some ideas and tips for better gardening, contact the experts at Country Landscape and Supply and let us show you how easy and enjoyable it can be!