It’s that time of year again!
Depending on where you live we are just days (or weeks) away from gardening season! Here in Florida the weather is warming up quite nicely and has me thinking all about what I to grow in my garden this year. Normally, I pick some plants I want and move on with life but this year I’m being more strategic and making a full on, backyard garden plan!
Last year was my first official year gardening in Florida and I learned A TON! I learned about how our ground is too sandy, how the previous location I picked to plant was too prone to flooding, and I planted a little to late in the season which meant my tiny plants had to fight hard to survive under the hot Florida sun.
This year though, I have a plan! And I wanted to share with you all how you can have a solid plan too.
Before you even get started with your garden this year, consider composting. Composting is a great way to create your own fertilizer, to save on money, and to put all of your homes additional waste to good use. You can easily build your own composting bins or buy one from your local Tractor Supply.
There are dozens of places to purchase your growing seeds so choose wisely. Theres the obvious places like Lowes and Home Depot that sell seeds manufactured by Merk (aka Monsanto) or you can purchase seeds online from certified growers or even from a local farmer in your area.
Once you know what you want to grow its a great time to plan out your growing space. Decide if you want planter boxes, to plant in the ground, to plant in raised beds, inside a greenhouse, etc. Sometimes, even more than the seeds, your planting space makes all the difference in what you will successfully grow.
Knowing where to plan and what to plan is great but without the right timing your efforts will be futile. Learn your growing zone, time of your last frost etc so you can get growing and do it successfully so your backyard garden can thrive all year long.
Once you get growing make sure backyard garden is protected from predators. if you have a ton of wild birds that would be interested in your plants install some netting to keep them at bay. If, like me, you have chickens and ducks ban them from your garden unless you want to lose your garden to their scratching.
Once you have everything planned out and set-up don’t forget about watering your garden and keeping the plants fed. There’s dozens of different watering plans and techniques to choose from. Find one that works well for you and your homestead and stick with it. During the summertime I like to collect rainwater as well as water runoff from the air conditioner to water the plants it helps keep the water bill down and is good for the environment.
As you build your garden this year we’d love to see how it’s going, tag us in your photos or use #homesteadit so we can keep up! Good luck and happy backyard gardening!