$aving Money Through Backyard Gardening
A cool way to save money, connect with nature while spending time with family is to start a backyard garden that has so many benefits. Many homeowners are ripping out some of their flower beds as beautiful as they are and as painful as this may seem to install gardens such as vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees.
Backyard gardens in this respect have become popular as many weekend warriors are taking advantage of these types of gardens because it is a win-win situation that is worth the investment.
As a kid growing up backyard gardens were so popular but with the passing of time these gardens had disappeared and were replaced with flower and ornamental gardens but in this day and time, there has been a resurgence as many homeowners have taken an interest in growing their food crops.
Advantages of starting a backyard garden
If you believe that starting a backyard garden is not that important then continue reading to find out what you are missing out on.
1. $ave money by growing your own food crops.
2. Getting that much-needed exercise.
3. Spending time with your family strengthening that bond.
4. Growing your food crops safely by growing organics.
5. No need to worry about chemically grown food crops.
6. These types of gardens can be great for kids as you teach them about the importance of sustaining one’s self and also the different food groups such as vegetables, herbs, and fruits.
7. A continual supply of food crops.
8. Can help to relieve stress.
9. Can improve mental health.
10. Eat fresh from your garden.
11. Having a sense of pride
What do you think can you now see the benefits of having a backyard garden? The advantages are truly amazing.
For the beginner, this may be rather confusing but trust me it is not and you will have so much fun engaging in this activity. In the category section of this website, I have included several posts for the beginner garden that you will find to be most helpful so check it out it will be worth your time.
What you will need to know?
Here is a list of things you will need to know in order to have a successful backyard garden.
1. What type of garden do you want to construct?
2. Location of your garden.
3. The amount of space you have to work with.
4. Type soil for growing your garden.
5. Having some knowledge of plants to be installed example water requirements, fertilizers, pest, and disease issues. Let’s go down this list as we look at each of these requirements individually.
6. The number of plants to install.
What type of garden do you want to construct?
This question is the first step in the right direction. Decide on what you want or it could be a combination let’s say of a vegetable and herb garden. If this is the case then what that means is you will need that little extra space to ensure sufficient space for both gardens.
Each garden should have its individual beds or if there is just sufficient space for only one bed but you really want a combination then you can let’s say install your veggies directly into the ground and your herbs can be planted in containers that way you have both gardens which I believe is so cool.
This is so important in the life of a plant and in order for you to have garden success, Some plants love full to medium sunlight while other plants love medium to low light,
In the case of growing herbs, veggies, or fruits these garden crops require between 5-8 hours of sunlight so make sure the area that is chosen gets this amount of sunlight.
The amount of space
I know that we touch on this a bit earlier but another suggestion is to make your entire backyard a food crop garden and to make the front of your yard into a flower garden again this is a win-win situation which I think is great but then the choice is still what you want. There are just so many ways to go about this with much success.
Type of soil for growing your crops
This is a big one because many garden failures have come about because of installing a garden in the wrong soil type. There are different type soils as well as plants which have their soil requirements. Having a soil ph test done is so important in having success.
The good news is if planting a herb garden the soil type is the same, as well as with a veggie garden the seem is true. I don’t want you to overthink this or make it sound complicated. For more on soils and soil, ph click on these links. Soil ph, Starting a compost pile, Composting indoors, Organic soil mix, Best soil amendments, and Feeding soil microbes.
No matter what we do no matter what field of choice we can all agree that knowledge is something which we all need in order to have success. When it comes to garden plants knowledge is a requirement that is most needed.
Having a knowledge of your food crops is important because this makes a big difference in the success of your garden. Get to know the individual names of your food crop and what is required to grow them. Your nurseryman is a good source of information. I have included this link that gives some insight into some garden herbs (how to grow herbs) you may want to plant.
Garden Insect Pests
Whether working in residential or commercial properties as gardeners we are all too familiar with garden insect pests which can really do much damage to our food crops. I have seen these insect pests in many garden projects that I worked on which was not good because of the amount of destruction they cause.
Identifying these garden insects pest and knowing how to eliminate them is so important. Here are several links that can help you to win the war on garden insect pests. How to use insecticidal soaps, Homemade remedies for garden pests, Garden snails and slug Insect pests, Organic insect control, Garden pest, and pest control methods. These are just a few ways to eliminate garden pests.
Plant disease is another factor to consider when seeking to reap a good harvest. These diseases are brought on by overwatering, a combination of heat and moisture exposure, using garden tools that are not sterilized, and so on for more on plant disease and how to bring about control-click on these links. Plant disease and Control. Fungicides and their many uses.
The number of plants to install
This so important because all garden food crops need sufficient space to grow. If garden plants are planted too closely this will contribute to poor air circulation which encourages disease also planting to close will make your garden cluster looking disorganized so give sufficient spacing.
When choosing plants ask your garden nurseryman about the proper spacing of plants and the size of plants at maturity. This will go a long way in ensuring garden success.
Having a sense of pride
There is nothing like reaping a harvest of your labor. Just to stand back and to see what both you and your family have accomplished gives such a sense of pride knowing that you grew these garden food crops with your very own hand. This is an awesome experience which gives such a good feeling.
The Final word
Having a backyard garden is so rewarding as you have seen. These gardens offer so many benefits. Join the many home gardeners from around the world and have a garden of your own you can be proud of. This is the way to go in this day and time especially when food safety is so important. With that said let’s get started on that garden.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.