If you’ve ever considered starting a vegetable garden, now is the time to test out your green thumb and get in on one of the most popular outdoor kitchen trends today. Step into spring and enjoy a taste of Mother Nature from the convenience of home! Adding a vegetable garden can be a welcome addition to a backyard of any size, and is something the entire family can enjoy. Bring your DIY vegetable garden to life with these helpful tips.
Picture The Possibilities
First, figure out what you want to accomplish with your vegetable garden. Is it for aesthetic beauty, for culinary purposes, or both? Do you want it to be located towards the middle, back, or front of the yard? Will it work best as one large garden, or divided into small sub sections? Once you decide what type of vegetable garden will work best in your yard, you can move on to the planning stage.
Whether you plan to plant directly in the ground or use raised planting beds, there are important factors to consider that could impact the health of your vegetable garden in the long run. Your best bet is to keep the beds between 12 to 18 inches above the path. Allow enough space to fill the beds with a good amount of soil (suitable for growing vegetables), and room for future growth. Keep beds no longer than four or five feet, so you have space to reach every inch without stepping into the garden and crushing delicate greens.
A Heavenly Harvest
When your vegetable garden is properly planted and cared for, you can look forward to a bounty of fresh seasonal veggies — but first, you need to decide what you want to plant, and what is feasible in your climate and time frame. There are many types of vegetables to consider, with many different colors, textures, sizes, and flavors. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, research when those vegetables are in season, how long they take to grow, how much sunlight do they need, and what is the required water and maintenance for each.
Try Adding A Trellis
If you long for a vegetable garden but your yard has a limited amount of space, think vertical. You can easily take your garden to new heights with support from a simple structure, such as a trellis, tepee, gazebo, or garden cages. These helpful accessories can even help you grow a successful potted vegetable garden on a patio or deck.
Pointers To Ponder
- Reach Beyond The Rectangle: When designing your vegetable garden, you can reach beyond the traditional rectangular shape, either out of necessity or to add visual interest. Create a garden to custom fit your backyard – your personal design choices will bloom into a beautiful focal point, and will maximize the space you have for planting.
- Frame Fabulously: If not using raised planting beds; keep in mind that gardens need to be at least slightly raised from the flat ground. Choose complimentary materials and colors to frame your space, such as stone and brick (for a traditional charm), or rot-resistant wood (for an earthy, contemporary or rustic look).
- Plan In Patterns: Bring dimension to your garden by arranging each item in a pattern. Alternating different types of vegetables and herbs can add a lovely patchwork of color and texture to your garden, and the end result will be a more attractive presentation in the yard.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Mix + Match: It’s okay to have a backyard landscape made up of different types of plantings, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs. Research what goes well together, and arrange them how you see fit. Add in complimentary accessories like birdbaths, sundials, stones, fountains, garden flags, and sculptures for a personal, decorative touch. Remember that you can always change and rearrange.
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