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Backyard Vegetable Garden

It’s also very important to be sure your backyard vegetable garden has good drainage and irrigation. The soil in the area should be spongy and spring back somewhat when you squeeze it. It should not be in a low-lying area, or an area in your yard that puddles when it rains. Try using raised beds to help allow for good drainage and irrigation when you are watering your vegetable garden. Also plan your garden in a location that is easy for you to water.

Take a look at the quality of the soil in the area that you plan to have your vegetable garden. The type of soil that is best for growing a garden is rich, dark, loomy soil that feels a little spongy when you squeeze it. It should have a sweet earthy smell. Is your soil more sandy, clay like, or pale in color? Never fear, you can improve the quality of your soil in many ways. One is to buy some loom or topsoil from a local garden center. If you are looking for a low cost option, try looking around locally reasonable prices for topsoil. You can also add organic matter like rotted leaves, manure or other organic matter to your soil. Also, don’t forget worms! Worms are a gardener’s friend. They ingest organic matter and process it and add it back to your soil, all the time aerating your soil in their travels. Consider adding some earthworms to your vegetable garden soil to help improve it’s growing power.

Now you need to decide what vegetables you want to grow in your garden. Start by deciding what vegetables you and your family enjoy the most. If no one likes zucchini, don’t plant it or you’ll end up with buckets of zucchini that you have no use for. Think of some favorite vegetables and then fully research them. Do they grow well in your climate? Do they need a lot of sun? How long does it take for them to produce vegetables. If this is your first garden, it’s a great idea to start with some vegetables that produce results quickly, so that you can start to reap the rewards right away. Good choices for a fast harvest are lettuce, potatoes, spring onions and beans. Also try to choose hardy, basic varieties that are tried and true. You can get fancy after you have a few growing seasons under your belt!