Backyard Garden: 10 Steps to Take Today

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Backyard Gardens has the potential to be a lush garden of flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetable garden.

In recent years, many people are doing this garden landscape design. Moreover, urban residents, today are embracing backyard gardens for organic and local produce.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led a lot of people to start gardening than ever before thus you can make your own vertical garden or courtyard gardens.

Maybe you are setting your first garden landscaping goals, apartment home-standing, or learning how much to feed your family.

Whatever the case, you can take steps to have a food supply at home, by following simple steps to set up your own backyard garden.

Thus, with the right tools and proper know-how, you can learn about gardening basics.

Turning your backyard into a thriving paradise of plants.

But before starting off, let’s learn a few advantages of a backyard garden.

Benefits of Growing Your Own Vegetables

There are a number of benefits of growing your own vegetables in your backyard.

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These are as follows:

  • It helps you to lower the cost of providing for your family with healthy and organic vegetables.
  • makes your meal tasty and interesting
  • cultivates mindfulness and a healthy outdoor exercise
  • reduces the environmental impact of transporting and warehousing food
  • connects you and your family to the cycle of growth, weather, and renewal
  • provides a wholesome activity

How to Start a Backyard Garden

There are a few steps you can take to start your backyard garden and make it greener.

This contains the steps like determining the climate zone, what plants to grow, the ideal location of your garden, gardening tools, soil testing, garden beds, growing with either seeds or transplant seedlings, plating them.

Moreover, watering them, adding fertilizers for growth, and maintaining your garden are all the steps that are included in it.

So let’s get started.

Step 1: Climate Zone

If you want your backyard garden to be a success, then you should keep in mind that putting the right plant at the right time is important.

This starts with understanding the plants that can grow in your climate zone.

According to USDA, there are 13 climate zones and you can find your zone using their guidelines.

Thus, finding your zone and learning about the fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs that can thrive in your climatic zone can help you get the plants you need.

climate zones

After learning about the climate zone, you will have to look yo the first and last frost dates to understand the duration of your growing season.

Now, you can go to your local garden center can look for plants that are similar to your zone.

Moreover, if you intend to buy seeds, then compare the number of ‘days to maturity’ on the seed packet to the length of the growing season.

Step 2: What to Grow?

You can use the constraints of your climate zone and personal preferences to determine which plants you want to grow in your backyard garden.

You have a number of options like flowering gardens, container gardens, herb gardens, or a combination of different options.

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Moreover, you can make a decision on what you like to eat. You will also have to consider the space you have in your home to grow plants, whether big or small.

Thus, if you have space for small plants, then you should avoid getting big plants or trees.

Learn more about container farming here.

Step 3: Location and Gardening Tools

Flowers and vegetables need a number of hours in sunlight to grow properly in the outdoor rooms and involve landscaping designs.

Thus, you should look for a space that receives sunlight. Growing your plants is also easy if you use a flat piece of land near a structure that provides some wind cover as well.

You will have to invest in a sturdy shovel and a pair of gloves at a minimum.

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However, there are different tools available that can come in handy.

These will help in putting the soil to fill the pots and planters.

potting scoop, a standard kitchen knife, a cordless drill, a Hori Hori knife, and a small pruning saw are all options for garden tools.

Step 4: Soil Testing

You should get a soil test for your garden before starting it.

In addition to identifying the properties of the clay, silt, and organic matter in your garden soil, you can also learn about the pH levels.

Moreover, it will also determine the alkalinity or acidity of your soil as well as whether there are nutrient deficiencies or not.

soil testing

You can also ask for a test that covers toxic substances that are found in the soil like lead or arsenic.

If there are toxins in your soil, you cannot plant edibles in there.

Instead, it is recommended to grow wooden raised beds with a barrier in the bottom to prevent the roots from getting into the ground below.

Learn more about plant nutrients to grow crops here.

Step 5: Making Garden Beds

The first step in making raised garden beds is to clear the vegetation already present.

You may need to pull the weeds by hand. Make sure that you pull out the roots so that they do not resprout.

Moreover, if you are starting with a lawn, you may need a grass cutter to remove the grass. Then you can prepare the planting spaces.

Many gardeners recommend that you should not till your garden soil as it can disrupt life beneath the topsoil.

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After removing the debris and grass, spread a thick layer of compost on the growing area, make sure that it should be at least 4 inches thick.

You can try sheet mulching if the weeds tend to grow again, or the process of using cardboard to compost weeds while preserving the structure of the soil.

According to recommendations by different gardeners, you should not make your beds more than 4 feet wide.

Step 6: Growing from Seeds or Transplant Seedlings

Starting your garden with seeds might seem a cheap process but it can be hard and a long path.

Some seeds are stubborn about sprouting, while others may take ages to develop into healthy plants ready for the harsh outdoor environments.

growing from seeds

An alternative option is that you go to a local nursery to buy young plants in a commercial greenhouse.

Remember, you do not need to buy the biggest plants in the batch. With a dense root system, these seedlings have outgrown their pots and might not transition well into your garden.

Step 7: Planting your Seeds

When you start planting your seeds, make sure to plant them at the proper depth on the seed packet.

Tamp the soil firmly over them with your palm and water them whenever the soil dries out.

When planting, carefully turn the pot over while putting your hand on the top of your soil with the stem between your fingers.

plantation

Gently squeeze the pot on all sides and grasp the mass of the soil in your hands and massage it lightly until the roots are no longer in the shape of a pot.

You can use your hand or a trowel to make a hole in the soil no bigger than the root mass.

Place your plant on the hole, cover the roots with the soil and press it firmly into the earth.

Step 8: Watering your Flower Beds

Plants need an inch of water per week in the growing season. However, if there has been no rainfall then make sure to provide a sufficient amount of water feature.

To check if your plants are thirsty or not, you can stick your finger deep into the soil, If it feels dry, then it is most likely time to water.

watering beds

However, keep in mind that most plants are better off slightly dry than sopping wet.

Too much water can harm the roots, thus, make sure to moist the soil ut not soggy.

Learn more about watering flower beds.

Step 9: Using Mulch

Covering your garden soil with rocks and organic matter, will not only make your soil moist and warm but will also make it hard for the weed to grow again.

Worms and other beneficial soil microbes love mulch, as it decays, it provides food for the soil, just like compost.

mulch

Moreover, it is important to match the right type of mulch with your plants.

Wood chips are beneficial for fruit trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and other large and long-living plants.

However, vegetables prefer less weighty mulch like straw or leaves.

Step 10: Caring for your Gardens

Gardening is all about taking care of your plants and maintaining it. Spring is about keeping the weeds from growing back.

During summer,  you will have to be extra vigilant and keep your garden hydrated. While in fall, cut things back and clean it all up.

Throughout the growing season, pay attention to the plants and what their appearance tells you.

A yellow or deformed leaf is a sign that you need to chip it off.

A plat collapsing is calling out for staking. Dense and outgrown vegetation requires careful pruning for sunlight and fresh air to circulate.

Growing Plants in Abu Dabi

If you are looking for simple options for growing vegetables and fruits in your backyard garden, then you can start with the following:

Carrots: You can place the top of the carrot in a shallow dish with a touch of water and keep it in sunny indoor spots.

After you see the roots emerging, you can transfer them to the soil.

plant in Abu Dabi

Potatoes: Take a seed of potato from the eye buds, cut them into small pieces, and place them within the soil about 3 feet apart.

Garlic: You can grow garlic by planting the whole clove into the soil and watering it regularly.

Cherry tomatoes: These little tomatoes grow on pretty bushes with small yellow flowers.

The mini varieties give a far higher yield than normal tomatoes, as well as resisting heat, moreover, they are also attractive plants.

Cucumbers: They can grow pretty much anywhere, although they do need sun and plenty of water.

Train them up walls to avoid the fruit coming into prolonged contact with the soil, which can cause them to rot.

Final Thoughts

Such gardens make outdoor living easy and can have a fire pit if you have large garden spaces, however, in the case of small gardens, your plants can do just great.

Understanding the different requirements of a backyard garden, you can make your own by following the above steps.

Also learning about different factors like what your plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers, or herbs need to grow can help you decide on whether you would want to buy a particular plant or not.

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