Starting a garden doesn’t have to be difficult or daunting. In fact, by following along with this video series, you’ll be able to get started today!
Lesson One: Choosing a garden location
Starting a garden begins with choosing a proper garden location, one that gets sufficient amounts of sunlight during the day. Check out the lesson here:
As the video mentioned, your task is to create a sun map of your yard, so you’ll know the best spot for a new vegetable garden. This will guarantee that your new garden gets the sun that it needs to flourish. The tutorials needed to complete this assignment are below:
How to clear a spot for a garden
If you’re opting for an in-ground garden, or need to clear and level a place for raised bed, then you’ll have a little more prep work before getting started. As I mentioned in the video above, you have two choices for clearing a space.
- Hand Clearing– Using a flat-head shovel to first clear away the grass, then come back through with a small hand tiller or a heavier duty tiller. The tilling is only really necessary if you’re planning for a traditional in-ground garden, and even then, keep tilling to a minimum to preserve the health of your soil.
- Cardboard/Tarp– This method works especially well if you’re just trying to kill grass before placing a raised bed. Large pieces of cardboard (or a tarp if you’re in a pinch) can be place down on the ground (and weighted down with pavers or something heavy). After a week or two, the grass beneath the cardboard will die away and the spot will be ready for placing a bed or tilling if you’re creating an in-ground garden.
Lesson 2: All about soil!
Have questions about choosing a spot for your garden? Leave a question below; I’d love to help out!