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Published on April 24, 2014

Plant an Easy Outdoor Garden

In just four steps you'll be ready to harvest your favorite produce right outside your door

Why go grocery shopping for your favorite produce when you can make a trip to your backyard instead? There’s no better way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet than by starting your own backyard garden. From vine-ripened tomatoes and green peppers to juicy melons and fresh herbs, you’ll have all the ingredients for making delicious meals for family and friends. Follow these steps to get going and get growing!

  • Select the Site and Size: The bigger the garden, the more time you’ll need to invest and the more produce you’ll end up with. Situate your garden in a south-facing plot that gets at least five hours of direct sunlight a day. Your plot should fall at least one foot beyond the drip line of nearby trees in an area with low wind exposure. If things are particularly gusty, consider a fence or berm barrier.
  • Choose Your Garden Type: Traditional in-ground gardens are great for those with quality soil and plenty of room to grow. For those with poor soil, raised garden beds offer an excellent alternative and provide a better barrier against weeds and pests. Apartment dwellers without access to a backyard can still plant a container garden of herbs. However, it’s important to know what you plan on growing beforehand so you can pick the appropriate container.
  • Get the Soil Ready: Pick a soil comprised of compost or manure, free from stones and sand. The soil should be aerated enough so air and water can circulate easily. Thick soils will prevent nutrient distribution and root growth.
  • Decide on What You’re Planting: Think about the fruits and vegetables you enjoy the most or ones that are expensive to purchase. The plants must be suitable for the climate and able to grow within the confines of your garden. Some plants are easier to grow than others, so do your research and think about how much time you’ll be able and willing to dedicate toward plant care.

Once your garden is set up, you’ll be ready to start enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.

Are you a seasoned gardener? Share how you started your first plot below.

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