Have you been thinking about planting a backyard garden? Does harvesting and eating your own organic vegetables in the summer appeal to you? Here are six garden designs that will get you started. Choose one, or try all of them.
This backyard garden design was conceived in Africa where soil is often poor and rainfall is scarce. It has since been used in drought stricken areas in the US such as southwestern Texas. Now it is becoming popular in all planting zones. With a compost system build right into the garden, it can survive on your food scraps and waste water. Learn more.
No till gardening
Raised bed gardens are above ground boxes with no bottoms. They can be built of any material, filled with soil and planted. They are any length, but only wide enough to make the plants within reach for easy care. Learn more.
Fun to build and a conversation piece in your neighborhood.
Built of wood pallets that can be attained for free or for a small price, it will nevertheless provide you with plenty of fresh vegetables. It can be in the form of a fence or barrier or it can be a raised bed. Learn more.
Pressed for time? This is the wash-and-wear of gardening.
Building raised beds can be time consuming and labor intensive. The potting soil bag method will get you growing the first year and the beds can be made permanent when the season is over. Learn more.
No yard to plant in? Containers are for you!
We are used to seeing flowers and ornamental plants growing in containers. But you can also have an intensive vegetable garden with artfully arranged containers. Watering and weeding can be done in your spare time. Learn more.
Want to try something new? Try this!
Straw bale gardens are temporary. That is, the bales are good for only one year. I prefer the other types of gardens listed above, but if you want to try something unique, here are the particulars.
No matter what season of the year it is, it is time to start planning your garden.