How To Get the Most from a Small, Backyard Garden

Planting a vegetable garden in your backyard is a great way to save some money and at the same time make the most out of your home’s backyard. Even the smallest space can prove to be valuable when planting crops like corn, tomatoes, and turnips. Here are some tips on how to get this done and have your own vegetable production at home.

Plan your garden. Maximizing your backyard by converting it into productive land starts with detailed planning. Research each plan to see the amount of spacing and resources it needs. Take note on how long the sun hits certain areas of your future garden. This is critical since some plants will need more direct sunlight than other plants so you will definitely want to locate the right plant in the right plot. If you are planning to grow larger plants like corn, make sure that you have ample space for this. Remember to plant corn in an area where it will not hamper the other plants from gaining the nutrients needed to survive like water and sunlight. A good rule of thumb is to measure the dimensions of the plot of land per each crop you plan to plant. If possible, have someone experienced help you out with the planning.

Grow in multiple levels. You don’t have to limit your garden to the obvious space of your backyard. For instance, some plants can grow in a man-made garden bed. This being said, you can maybe consider growing corn on the larger patch of land mixed with some other plants. You can grow tomatoes and other vegetables in an elevated track of soil. Fabricate nice and long metal beddings, fill it with soil, and start laying the foundation, seed and all. Keep these beddings elevated from the ground in levels to maximize the space. You can devise a way to even attach them to the wall so that you can save more on space.

Time your harvest. Start planting seeds of vegetables that tend to mature earlier than others in an early fashion to get the maximum harvests before the entrance of the non-planting seasons like winter and fall. Good veggies for this suggestion would be onions, carrots, turnips, and spinach. It would be a great idea to start planting these in the late fall so that you can get in more harvests for the year. Make sure that every time you harvest that you have a second crop ready to be transplanted to maximize the time and space.

Plant multi-valuable crops. It would be a more productive strategy to plant vegetables that are edible regardless of maturity. This gives you more production since you will need to thin some of your plants from time to time. On this note, it would be great if you could eat what you thin. A good example is turnips. The roots and the greens are nutritious and edible so if you plant these, you can make use of what you thin.

Make sure to cultivate and take care of your soil since this is the true lifeblood of your garden. However, don’t forget to feed your plants water and make sunlight available to them.


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