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How To Start A Garden

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By on Apr 15, 2018
How To Start A Garden

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Wouldn’t it be nice to just walk outside and have fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at your fingertips? Home gardening is a fun activity for anyone who loves to spend time in their backyard. It can be a great way to get the entire family involved too.

One of the most daunting parts of gardening is figuring out where to start. In order to have a successful garden, there are many steps you must take before your seeds actually go into the ground. Here’s what you need to know about starting a garden in your backyard.

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Benefits Of Gardening

Benefits Of Gardening

Homeowners are looking for more holistic approaches to their homes, making them retreats where they can take a care of both the mind and body. Starting a garden in your backyard has so many benefits for those looking to improve their own wellbeing. Not only are you growing food for your family, but gardening is also a great way to get exercise. In addition, it helps to improve mental health by increasing feelings of calm and stress relief. You’re also getting a lot of vitamin D as you soak in the sunshine while gardening!

For your home, a well-tended garden also adds plenty of curb appeal to your home. Garden boxes help to raise your bed from the ground and could be a unique feature that adds to the atmosphere of your backyard.

With so many benefits to gardening, now is the perfect time to start planning what you will grow!

Test Your Soil

Before you begin picking out what plants you want to grow, it’s important to know what you’ll be growing them in. The type of soil you use can determine the success of your garden. If you plan on building your own garden bed and choosing what soil to use, you can skip this step. However, if you plan on planting directly into the ground, you’ll want to have your soil tested. The average cost to test soil is $1,142, with most homeowners spending between $947 and $1,550.   

How To Plant A Vegetable Garden

How To Start A Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens are some of the more popular plants you’ll find in a backyard. Many homeowners wonder how they can start a vegetable garden from scratch. Start by creating your garden either by a garden bed or directly in the ground. You should be sure this location gets at least six hours of sunlight. Make sure you clear any grass and weeds that can regrow in your garden. Your garden plot doesn’t have to be big to be successful. Many homeowners choose to plant their vegetables in rows for identification and access, making them healthier.

 If you’re just starting out, you’ll probably want to choose between five and six vegetable plants to start with. Popular options include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Kale
  • Green Onions

Each vegetable you choose may require a specific time to seed, so many gardeners opt for seedlings they can transplant into their garden. A great idea is to start your seedlings indoors, then transport them outdoors when you're ready. Grow A Good Life has a few great tips to help you start your seedlings indoors at the right time.

How To Start An Herb Garden

How To Start An Herb Garden

Herb gardens are a popular choice among homeowners who don’t have enough space for a full vegetable garden and want the joy of including fresh spices into their cooking. However, don’t be fooled by the size, as herbs can sometimes require more attention to detail than their vegetable garden counterpart. If you have space, try doing both an herb and vegetable garden!

While you’ll want to follow all the similar steps as a vegetable garden, such as testing the soil and starting the seedlings, you’ll need to be careful of how close they are to others. While some herbs like chives and dill don’t need as much space, herbs like basil and lavender should be given at least two feet to grow. You’ll also want to pay close attention to how much light each herb needs. For example, while rosemary thrives in the sun, cilantro will die in full sun.

If you’re wondering what to start with, here are a few herb ideas:

  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Oregano

If you’re not ready to make the jump to a full garden, herbs are a great place to start because they do well in containers. Just make sure you have the right size container for the herb you're planting.

Maintain Your Garden-1

Maintaining Your Garden

Once you’ve started your garden, the key is to maintain it properly. Watering is key when it comes to maintenance. It’s best to water in the morning so it helps the plants grow throughout the day. Alternatively, late afternoon is another time you can water for the most benefits.

Pests are another concern for gardeners. After all, rabbits, squirrels, slugs and more feast on the tasty plants you’re growing. Seaweed mulch is also a great way to deter pests without harming your plants. You may also consider planting mint and marigolds in your garden as pests seem to keep away from these.

Of course, with all the methods available, if you find yourself with a repeated pest problem, it’s best to contact a pro. Especially in an herb or vegetable garden, you want to find the most natural solutions possible to get rid of pests. A pro can help. The average cost to hire a pest control services is $211.


Gardening is a great way to improve your home, mind and body. If you’ve been on the fence about starting a garden, now is the time to try! Start small with a few vegetables and herbs, then expand next year to grow more produce you use the most!

Looking for more ways to improve your garden? Read Gardening Tools Every Homeowner Needs.

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