We’ve discussed many ways that you can turn your yard into something that is both useful and fabulous, such as the addition of outdoor living, or adding a water feature. We haven’t discussed adding a garden though, which is what we’re going to talk about today! Although creating a garden can sometimes seem like a daunting task, doing a few steps ahead of time can help you prep your yard for a garden in no time at all! It also makes jobs like planting, tending and harvesting much more pleasant. Remember that you need to select a site that receives about 8-10 hours of sunlight, drains well, and is protected from wind. Once you’ve determined your spot, clear it of debris such as rocks and sticks, turn the soil, and fertilize. Read on to learn how to prep your yard for a garden.
One of the most daunting tasks of creating a garden is to clear a space for it. This involves getting rid of the weeds in the area you chose. Once you’ve cleared the area of weeds, remember that you need to come up with a method to prevent future weeds. One of the best ways to do this is to cover the area in a biodegradable material like cardboard or several layers of newspaper. This deprives weeds of sunlight and moisture. You can even learn about how to use mulch to prevent weeds here.
Planning your Layout
Once you’ve gotten rid of and prepared for future weeds, you need to prep the area for planting. One of the most important things for your garden is to determine which vegetable, fruit, or plant goes where in your garden. Sometimes that’s as simple as portioning out individual areas based on what you want to grow in each section. You’ll want to create an initial plan and then measure and stake out each section that you’ve specified.
Till the Soil
The next step is to till the soil of your garden. This breaks through old, established sod and reduces the soil to a more malleable material that you can plant in. Of course, even if using a motorized tiller, you should still remove any large plant roots or rocks by hand. If you don’t have a motorized tiller, a spade or fork works just as well.
One of the most important steps when preparing your garden is to dig deep into the soil. In fact, most plants are content with 6 to 8 inches of good ground for their roots to grow in. If you’re planning to grow substantial root crops like potatoes or carrots, you’ll have to go even deeper. These types of root crops can even require up to a foot or more. This step is essential because plants can die very quickly if they’re planted too shallowly or too deeply, so make sure you know how deep to dig for each of the plants you’re adding to the garden.
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