New House, New Hobby: Growing a Backyard Garden for the First Time

woma gardening in her backyard

woma gardening in her backyardImagine this: you finally moved into a new home — one that you’ve been looking forward to living in. You already unpacked your belongings, bought new furniture, and decorated the rooms… now, what?

If you’re looking for a way to make your new home more beautiful — or more you — consider growing a backyard garden. A garden allows you to customize the house exterior, giving your neighbors and visitors a peek into your personality. And with nature being a great stress reliever, gardening lets you unwind any time you need to. So, grab your gardening tools and get started on a new hobby.

Decide What Type of Garden You Want to Grow at Home

Before buying a comprehensive greenhouse kit, make sure you know what type of garden you want to look after. Although flower beds can add color to your new home, your green space doesn’t always need to have flowers. If you are allergic to pollen or if you would rather grow other plants in your backyard, consider these types of backyard gardens:

  • Container Garden

Who says you need a large backyard to grow a garden? If you have limited space but are interested in starting a garden in your new home, you can grow plants in containers. You just have to know which plant types thrive in containers — avocados, bananas, key lime, lemons, blackberries, and blueberries are some fruit crops that you can grow in containers.

If you are not interested in fruit-bearing plants, you may opt for other container-safe plants like boxwood, juniper, pine, and the good old ivy. These are evergreen plants that will thrive in containers regardless of the season.

  • Organic Garden

By growing an organic garden, you help save the environment in a quiet but relevant way. This type of gardening includes composting, recycling yard waste, and using only natural fertilizers and pesticides. There is more to it than forgoing the use of chemical pesticides, though. This type of gardening means you replenish natural resources as you use them.

  • Edible Garden

edible plants

If you are new to gardening, one of the most rewarding types is an edible garden. In addition to having a beautifully green backyard, you can actually gain something from tending to it. An edible garden calls for growing fruits, herbs, and vegetables that you can eat straight from the tree or bring directly to the kitchen.

Salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and radishes, green beans, and summer squashes are some of the easiest edible plants to grow in your home garden. You can grow fruits like apples, strawberries, and raspberries. You can also grow herbs like basil, chives, and cilantro.

Container, organic, or edible garden — which of these garden types are you interested in?  If you aren’t decided yet, you can try combining them. For example, you can grow herbs in a container garden and use only natural fertilizers while tending to the greens.

Take Note of Your Environment before Growing a Garden

Backyard size, the terrain and climate, and personal free time — these are the most important factors to consider when deciding what type of garden you have to grow. You need to have ample space, the right type of soil, and sufficient time to tend to a garden. A lush and healthy garden won’t grow itself, after all.

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