Starting a Backyard Garden: 5 Steps to Follow

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While most people think that starting a backyard garden is hard, that is not always the case. With a few tools and some knowledge, it is possible to turn your backyard into a thriving garden.

Decide What You Will Plant

There are different types of gardens: vegetable, herb and more. You can choose a vegetable or herb garden if you would like to supplement your family’s diet or a flower garden simply because of how one looks. For herbs and flowers, you also need to consider whether you will plant annual or perennial plants because that will determine how much work you will do on the garden in the future.

Pick and Clear a Garden Spot

Almost all the vegetables you can grow in a home garden require 6-8 hours of sun per day. It is therefore important to choose a spot that receives this amount of sunshine per day. Remember that while some plants like outdoor ferns can grow in partial shade, tomatoes and other vegetables cannot survive in those conditions.

When choosing the spot, also ensure that it is flat. It is always easier and cheaper to work on a flat patch of land than it is a sloping one. If you have been using your backyard as storage, you also need to get rid of all those items and debris. Put everything you can in your garden shed and call a company that offers recycling services to take care of the rest. This way, they will not end up in the landfill, and you will be doing your part to protect the environment.

The next step is getting rid of weeds. The easiest way to do this is to remove the top layer of soil and apply compost to the exposed area. You might have to wait a few months for the compost to decompose but after that you will have a rich bed of soil you can start working on.

Have the Soil Tested

To learn more about your soil, as well as what you need to do to it to ensure a good yield, you should have your soil tested. Residential soil will almost always need some help because the top soil is usually stripped away. The analysis will also tell you about your soil’s drainage capacity and whether the soil will need to be compacted.

Prepare the Beds

Preparation of the garden beds is done by loosening the soil using different implements. This is done to allow the roots to grow easily and deeper.  You can use a mechanical device or till the land by hand. Try to till the land when the soil is neither too dry nor too wet to avoid overexerting yourself when it is too dry or destroying the soil structure when it is too wet.

Start Planting

Once everything is ready, it is time to start planting. One thing to keep in mind is where the seeds or seedlings require cold or warm soil. This way, you give the plants a better chance of thriving.


Starting a backyard garden is a great way to start a hobby while either getting some food from the garden or increasing your home’s beauty. Either way, proper preparation is required if you would like to end up with a thriving garden.