How To Plant Your First Garden


Getting your own little garden in your backyard can prove to be an exciting and cathartic experience. Before you start planting, there are few factors that you need to consider. First step to creating a beautiful garden starts with a little planning. Assess the space in your backyard and look for spots that have adequate exposure to sunlight. Most plants require at least 6-8 hours of sunlight on a daily basis.

Type of Plants

You can start with regular vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, corn, carrots, radish, etc. Tomatoes are a favorite among those are just starting out. You can get over 10 pounds of tomatoes on a yearly basis with just 2 dollars worth of seeds. It would also be a good idea to mix and match with vegetables with other flower varieties. This will give your garden a dynamic appearance and improve its visual appeal. Visit your local store to buy seeds and make sure to look at the back end instructions to familiarize yourself with the process. It is ideal to start gardening on a small scale which will allow you enough time to learn the nuances of handling plant life.


For home based gardens, it is recommended to plant samplings in small rows of 3-4 feet. This allows for better utilization of space and is a more practical option for small scale gardening. By forging multiple rows, you can grow different varieties of vegetables. This is one simple way of ensuring that the produce obtained in the end is more than enough for a simple household of four. An abundance of produce eventually only leads to rot.


Once you have decided on the plant of your choice, go through the instructions manual in detail. Certain plants can be planted straight away through the usual route while others require to be potted indoors before moving the saplings out. Before planting the sapling use a till to break away the soil. Plant the sapling and cover it with mud. Avoid walking over the area since it will make the soil more compact. If you are using seeds, you can simply dig up some earth and have them planted on the ground before covering it up.

Water Regularly

Most plants need water every day to germinate and you can use sprinkler cans to water the saplings. Water the plants at least 6 days a week and the early growing phase of a plant particularly requires additional attention. Water the soil rather than soak the leaves with water. This will reduce the instances of pests like caterpillar which like to feed on leaves.


Once your plant has grown to a certain height, it might be a good idea to build a small mesh wire fence around it. This will deter rodents and other pests from eating away at the produce. Use organic fertilizers to replenish soil quality. Be careful while using insecticides since they can be very harmful to human consumption. Even when you are growing flower based plants, the use of highly toxic chemicals can result in respiratory and skin disorders. So make it a point to use only mild pest control chemicals whenever required.

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