- If you have never gardened before begin with 1 or 2 of your favorite herbs. Most herbs grow year round. You can plant these in containers or choose a spot in your yard as part of the landscaping.
- If you want to grow vegetables and you don't already have a garden bed, you can start with container gardening to make sure this is something you want to do. We all have good intentions but a garden does need some time spent in it to be productive. Choose a few vegetables that grow well in containers (about 6-inches in diameter and 8-inches deep) like tomatoes, lettuce and radishes.
- If you plan to make space in your yard for a vegetable garden, don't make it bigger than a 10x15 area. You can have a very productive garden in a well tended place. If your garden is bigger it will require more time and if your like me you don't want to spend all your time in it.
- If your yard doesn't have one large sunny spot, its ok to plant your vegetables in smaller plots. This way you can also incorporate them into your landscape easier.
- Choose varieties of seeds that will grow in your area. If you don't have a local garden nursery, ask a seed company to help you choose the best types for your area.
- Cultivating or preparing the soil is an important step to control weeds. Break up the soil about the depth of a spade and turn the soil over. This step is only done in the beginning process of preparing your garden for the initial planting. After that nutrient loss can take place.
- Mulching on the other hand is very beneficial. It conserves moisture, controls weeds, and improves the soil.
- Don't forget to plant fruit trees or berry bushes that grow in your area. These are wonderful because once they grow you will have a crop every year with minimal effort.
Fruit and Vegetables
I know a lot of people who say they would love to grow their own food in a backyard garden but are so intimidated because they think to have a successful garden it needs to be big. The best way to start gardening is on a small scale. Choose just a few of your favorite vegetables or herbs to start with. I like to buy heirloom seeds because the seeds can be re-harvested and saved for next year. This is something you can choose to try or you can just buy seeds again for next year. I like buying seeds because it's less expensive and it's fun. Here are some tips to get you started for the upcoming spring season.
I am combining my Backyard Edible blog to my Fresh Easy Meal website to give you all the information you need about cooking and growing your own fruit and vegetables on one site. Happy gardening!