Growing your own vegetables is an excellent way to practice social distancing while getting some much needed fresh air. Plus, connecting with nature is hugely beneficial for our mental health. And the good news? It’s easier than you think! Read on to learn exactly how to grow your own backyard vegetable garden.
Find the Perfect Spot
First, you’ll want to find the perfect spot in your backyard. For beginners, start with a plot that’s 16×10 feet or smaller. What’s more, most vegetables need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight every day. The more sunlight your plants get, the more vegetables you will harvest—and they’ll taste better too! You also don’t want to plant in a spot that is prone to flooding during heavy rains, or somewhere that tends to dry out a lot. Make sure that wherever you choose to start your backyard vegetable garden, strong winds can’t knock over your new plants and pollinators, like bees, can easily access it.
Plan Your Crops
If you want to test your green thumb, you can always order seeds and germinate them. Seed packets are less expensive than individual plants, but they can be harder to grow, and they take longer. If you’re eager to get started, you can order transplants online from several different stores. Once you’ve decided which vegetables you want to grow, follow the recommended spacing needed for each. We recommend starting with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes because they’re hardy and great for beginners.
Plant Your Vegetables
Once your seeds are germinated, or you have your transplants, it’s time to plant your backyard vegetable garden. Begin by removing rocks and debris from soil and adding some fresh topsoil and compost. Then work it into the ground using a tiller or spade. Once your soil is ready, dig the holes. Keep in mind how tall your plants will grow and plant taller plants on the north side of the patch. Plant each vegetable in the hole, cover it with soil, and water it immediately.
Feed With Fertilizer & Water
To keep your backyard vegetable garden healthy all season long, make sure you water your plants regularly and fertilize them. You should water slowly with very little pressure so that the water has a chance to sink into the soil. Water the ground rather than spraying the leaves of the plants. Try to water them early in the morning before the sun gets too hot. This will allow the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant before too much excess water is lost to evaporation. Typically, you should water your vegetables every second day unless it rains. Then feed your garden with fertilizer every two months using a slow-release organic fertilizer for vegetables.
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Voila! A beautiful vegetable garden that can help provide you with some quiet, reassuring continuity during this uncertain time. For more ideas involving your home, read the Falconcrest blog.