Hello Everyone I am here today to start a thread for all us Backyard Gardeners!
I recently got into the idea of growing my own food to save money and even create my own compost. I have found it to be a wonderful thing to do in my
spare time. In this post I am going to outline the literal BASICS of what you need to make a backyard garden.
A BACKYARD. duh
If you own a home you most likely have a backyard of some type. Large to small, filled with a pool or some horrible plants the house came with.
Hopefully you have one or two plants out there you can eat.
Now if you live in an apartment lets hope you have a small patio.
I heart pots. Since the area I live in fills in the ground with this horrible grass called Crab Grass, I have to use alot of pots for most of my
plants. (Seriously Look up Crab Grass. It's a horrible weed and needs to be exterminated from all gardens. Dirt is better.)
There are many types of pots you can get. Plastic, clay, masonry and even those nifty paper kind that you can plant right into the ground with your
plants to prevent shocking it when you transplant them.
I personally prefer clay pots. Not only are they cheap you can even make your own if youre into that type of thing.
Dont throw the others out the window yet. Even those horrible plastic pots you get some of your stock plants in can be of use to you. If you live in a
cold climate keep those pots and plant seeds in them early in the year. They are lovely temporary pots for transplanting later in the year.
DIRT, GROUND, MULCH, SOIL, and FERTILIZER
No plant can grow without something to grow in. Now any soil can be used to grow a plant in, just some are better than others. Feel free to go out to
some remote location and fill your car with soil to throw all over your garden. MMMmm, have yourself a dirt bath! Your plants will grow but depending
on what youre growing they might thrive or they might not. I'm not saying they will refuse to grow at all, because they cant (haha). I am just saying
beware of what youre growing, some plants are nutrient sucking machines! Research the plants you are growing and get the correct type of soil to grow
Hint: Fruits and Veggies both give and take when growing.
WATER and SUNLIGHT
All plants absolutely need sunlight. Without getting into the science of it, its how they eat. Water is how they drink! Make sure your plants have
enough of both of these things. Also remember some plants need more/less sunlight/water than others. Like I said before read up on your plants!
Your plants are not going to grow inches a day! (Cept bamboo) Take care of them right and treat them with love. Even talk to them! and they will grow
up healthy and strong.
and now: COMPOSTING
Pretty much anything you throw away can be made into compost. That is minus metal, plastic and some types of paper. Here's a fine article on what you
can compost: HERE
I have in my backyard an old trashcan mounted on an angle. It has small 1 cm slats cut every few inches. This trashcan is bolted to a wood frame and I
rigged it up to spin. Now the reason for all this to the trashcan is so I can easily rotate all the organic waste I put into the trashcan and have the
fine particulate fall to a pile below the wood frame for easy pick up. I also on occasion put earthworms into the compost to help the process along.
There you have it my BASICS to backyard gardening. Thank you for reading.
[edit on 5-2-2009 by Tentickles]