There are so many benefits to starting a garden in your backyard. You’ll have access to fresh produce, you can save money by growing so much of your food, and it’s a fun way to get outside! Plus, with all the time we’re spending at home right now, this is the perfect project for these times. We have tips for how to start a garden: from your first steps planning out what to grow and where, to getting started planting
Figure out your Projected Budget
Before you can get started on your project, it’s important to figure out your budget. How much money do you want to spend on your garden? How much of the garden will you be growing yourself? What percentage of seeds and tools do you plan on buying from the store?
If this is your first year gardening, we recommend starting with a small plot that doesn’t require too many tools or supplies. If this isn’t an option for some reason or another, don’t worry! We’ll talk more about how to build a simpler garden in another section.
Research the Best Vegetables for Your Location
The first thing you’ll want to do is find out which vegetables grow well in your area. Most people are familiar with the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which is a tool for determining when it’s safe to plant different plants, and how long each one can stay in the soil before it needs replanting. The map may seem complicated at first—there are eight different zones!—but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. First off: what kind of meat eater are you? If you’re looking at beef or poultry (chicken), then your zone will be between 1-4; if fish is more your speed (salmon), then your zone will be between 3-7; if pork (ham) is more appropriate for cooking up on your grill this weekend then go ahead and look at zones 8-10.
You’ll also want to look up when exactly spring arrives in your area so that by next year when it’s time to plan out another garden, you know exactly how many weeks until planting season begins.
Pick Your Plants
Once you’ve chosen the type of garden you want to have, it’s time to decide which vegetables will make the cut. For most beginners, it’s best to start with plants that are easy to grow. As you become more experienced, you can branch out and try some varieties that take longer or require more care.
When selecting your plants, keep in mind that some produce has seasonality—meaning certain types of fruits and vegetables are only available during certain times of year. So make sure whatever vegetables are on your list are native to your area (or at least grown somewhere close). If possible, choose ones that grow well during springtime so they’re ready by summertime when there’s plenty of sunlight available for them (and less chance of frost). Also remember: if one plant doesn’t work out then no big deal! You can always switch things up next year when trying new things becomes easier because now we know what works best without risking too much money upfront like buying seeds from different companies hoping they’ll taste good together instead just sticking with our favorites like chili peppers because those never fail us!
Design Your Garden Plot
- Make sure you have enough space. You’ll need a good amount of land in order to grow anything substantial.
- Make sure you have the right tools, soil and plants for the job. It can be hard to know what plants are best for your climate and soil type, so it’s important to do some research before deciding on what kind of garden plot you want—and how much work it will require!
- Be careful about over-watering your plants—it can drown them if they aren’t used to being watered so much at once or if there isn’t enough drainage in your soil mix (which means that there are many holes between earth particles instead).
Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to start planting!
When to plant?
The best time of year for most vegetable plants is spring or fall. These are also the times when your garden will be protected from extreme temperatures and weather conditions. What this means is that depending on where you live, you might want to choose a springtime start date (which means going out into your yard while it’s still cold outside) or a late-fall beginning (which involves waiting until after winter has passed). This can affect how much work gets done in any given season and how much money it costs overall. In general though, most people do their vegetable gardens during these two times of year because they can fit them into their schedule more easily than other seasons – especially if they don’t have as much free time on their hands as they’d like!
This is easier than you think, just get started!
The best way to start a vegetable garden is with a small one. It’s easier than you think, and there are tons of benefits to starting small. First, you can make sure that everything works out before you invest a ton of time and money in an elaborate setup. Second, if something does go wrong (a plant dies or gets eaten by pests), it won’t be such a big deal because losing a few plants isn’t going to ruin your whole garden. Third—and this is really important—small gardens are less overwhelming! If you’re overwhelmed when you look at the amount of work involved in growing vegetables, then maybe your backyard just isn’t big enough yet? Or maybe not all your neighbors know how much work goes into gardening so they don’t understand why you want so many vegetables? Whatever the reason may be,, consider starting small until things settle down and become more stable in terms of space availability/landscape layout/much lower maintenance requirements compared with other types of plants like annuals or perennials where watering needs vary depending on geographic location as well as weather conditions during different seasons throughout year .
I know what you’re thinking. How hard can planting a garden really be? Well, it’s not that difficult at all! There are many things you need to consider before starting your garden though, such as which vegetables will grow best in your area and how much money can spend on the project. Remember – if all else fails just wing it because there is no wrong way to do this! Keep reading for more information about starting a vegetable garden 🙂