Monday, August 19, 2013

How to Grow a Backyard Garden

If you've been following my blog for a while then you've probably seen the love affair I have for my little backyard garden.  For about 3 summers now I had a little vertical herb garden hanging on our fence (as seen in this post) but this year was the 1st time I've decided to go all out and think BIGGER! Well bigger but still contained within a backyard.  Oh and did I mention we don't have a super huge backyard?

I came to realize rather quickly that you don't need acres and acres to grow a beautiful edible garden.  So if you're like me and live in suburbia (or perhaps rent an apartment or town home) but still want to try your hand at growing a garden this post is for you!

Build a Raised Garden Bed.  There are tons of great tutorials out there on how to build a raised garden bed. So if you're feeling creative just google away.  We scored big time by purchasing our raised garden bed kit from Lowe's (complete with trellis) for around $50.  Here's how easy it was to install.  A great tip when building your raised garden bed is keep it no larger than 4 feet square.  That way you don't have to step into the planted area in order to tend to it.

Plant a Container Garden.  Don't have a big enough yard for a raised garden? No problem! Container Gardens are perfect and no yard is required.  Container gardens can go just about anywhere! Patios, balconies, even the kitchen counter.  Just make sure to place the containers in an area that will get plenty of sun. Drainage holes in the containers are also key.

Plant Easy Herbs.  Herbs are the way to go! They're relatively easy to grow, require low maintenance, and of course they are good for you! Basil, cilantro, dill, and parsley are easy annuals and grow well in all zones.

So those are my top 3 tips for growing a backyard garden.  What are your favorite tips or tricks when it comes to gardening?  Feel free to share!


  1. I'm jealous of you garden! I have ONE plant still alive....cucumbers. Ha I need all the help I can get.

    1. Oooh, I'm hoping to plant cucumbers next year! I bet they taste amazing coming straight from the garden :)

  2. Thanks for the tips! I am going to start a veggie/herb garden next spring and am SO excited for it!



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