IT’S NOT HARD TO MAKE A CASE FOR A GARDEN.
The backyard garden is at minimum a chance to learn something new and a good opportunity for some exercise and Vitamin D. Of course, the added vegetables are an improvement to one’s diet, too. But if you ask any gardener with a few seasons under their belt, it’s so much more. It’s where you work through life while you work for life. It’s mundane and miraculous. The garden is therapy and with just a little effort on the front side, the joys of gardening can spread through your home and rival the vines growing up your trellis.
PLACE YOUR GARDEN WITH CARE.
A well placed garden is a happy garden. Take time to walk your yard and consider the perfect location for the bounty to come. Most vegetable gardens need a bare minimum of 6 hours of sunlight, and the days are getting shorter. Consider how shadows from trees and fences might block portions of the garden as the seasons change. When you find the perfect sun-kissed spot, invest a little time and money into building up the soil by making a raised bed. Concrete blocks, untreated wood, or even giant water troughs make lovely options! Most importantly, place your garden where you will visit regularly, daily even. Short, regular visits help cultivate a deeper appreciation for all that is happening here, not to mention the actual cultivation of a delicious harvest.
PLANT YOUR HEART’S DESIRES.
Make a list of all the vegetables your family likes to eat and plant those. Look up charts for planting dates and use them to guide when your plants or seeds go into the dirt. If you really love something, plant several varieties or plant groupings several weeks apart to prolong the harvest. Don’t feel confined to planting in rows. Plants that grow bigger look lovely surrounded by lower profile herbs or flowers. Root vegetables tuck in nicely between those plants that bear their gifts above ground. Do yourself a favor and plant a row of sunflowers along the north edge of your space. These sentries stand as a beautiful beacon to the pollinators and an awe-inspiring sight to any passerby!