Backyard Gardening for Everyone

One of the things I most looked forward to with owning a home was the ability to have an in-ground vegetable and herb garden! I have such fond childhood memories of planting, watering, and harvesting our garden, and nothing beats fresh, organic (and free!) produce all summer long. 

That being said, if you don't have a large backyard or even a yard at all, gardening is by no means off limits to you! As a means of simplifying life and preventing the deer from feasting on our plants, we planted a mix of in-ground and container vegetables this year. Container gardening is feasible for anyone, even if all you have is a tiny fire escape or a windowsill

A few tips:

+ Choose containers that suit your style, but make sure that there are holes in the bottom for drainage. Select deep containers for vegetables, and if you are growing on a window sill, make sure to place a plate or try beneath the containers to hold the draining water. We prefer cedar planters since they are natural, rot-resistant, and we love the smell of cedar.These are a great option.

+ Tomatoes, bell peppers, are a great place to start and do very well in containers! Also try potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini squash and yellow squash for summer. The type of vegetables and herbs is really up to you, and there are very few limits!

+ Herbs can be grown just about anywhere, in any small or large container. Love these creative ideas for windowsill gardens!

+ Grow zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce and chard on a porch or deck, away from deer and other animals. 

+ You can start your plants with seeds or you can plant them as pre-grown transplants. Seeds should be started indoors, well before being planted into your container. Growing from transplants is great if you are new to gardening or aren't able to start planting early. Transplants are already a few weeks old, so choose plants that look healthy.

+ Plant your vegetables and herbs with plenty of nutrient-rich potting soil, and water them daily! If the soil is moist to the touch, you can skip the watering, but check it daily. Also, make sure to water your plants until water comes through the bottom of the pot. 

+ Looking for more small-space gardening ideas? Love this post on window gardening