There are plenty of benefits to growing your own backyard garden. For starters, it’s an easy way to access healthy and organic food at a low cost. It’s also a great tool for teaching your family about gardening and the value of hard work. In addition to providing delicious food, cultivating a backyard garden is an enjoyable way to unplug and make lasting memories with your family.
But how do you get started? It’s simple. Keep reading for tips from Hurst Farm Supply on how to build a backyard garden.
Planning Your Plot
The first step to planning your plot is to identify the perfect area for gardening in your backyard. Determine how much space you can dedicate to your crop and be mindful of the elements in that area. Will the plants be exposed to elements like wind, sun, or precipitation?
Now that you have picked your spot, decide whether or not to plant the vegetables in the ground or to build a raised bed. Regardless of your choice, don’t forget to leave room for pathways and space for you to access your crop.
Prepare Your Soil
Before planting your first vegetable, it’s important to prep the soil for growing. This includes removing any rocks, weeds, and lingering roots, as well as testing the pH for acidity or alkalinity. Depending on your soil’s pH, you may need to add nutrients or plant specific plants to achieve good results. You can also enrich your garden’s soil by adding organic matter in the form of compost, animal manure, or green manure.
First-Timer Tips for Success
Now that your garden is built and your soil is prepared, you can begin the planting process. For first timers, we recommend starting small. Don’t plant more than you can manage in one season. And do your research: know when to plant what and which crops grow best here in West Texas. Most importantly — have fun! Remember why you started your backyard garden adventure and enjoy each step in the process.
Visit your local Hurst Farm Supply for all the tools and knowledge you need to cultivate a fruitful backyard garden!