Backyard Veggie Garden Plans

A Vegetable Garden in the Works

The cost of organic produce goes up every month. Then there’s the difficulty of actually purchasing truly organic. I’ve decided the best way to eat organic is to grow my own. I’ve been toying with various methods for some time now. (See My Backyard Garden Saga.) The deer are a problem. So are the trees.

Deck Gardening
In order to bypass the deer, couple of summers ago I attempted to grow veggies on my deck. Deck gardens look absolutely beautiful in the magazines. I have a large deck, which accommodates quite a few planters.

Although it was fun, I didn’t harvest much from my deck garden: one or two tomatoes and the same for bell peppers.

Basil and parsley did fairly well. But that’s about it. One year I purchased a potted artichoke plant. It was pretty, but I only got a couple of artichokes from it as well.

I’ve concluded there’s too much shade on and around my deck. It’s surrounded by large evergreen trees and my favorite mountain ash grows on the south end of the deck. The trees provide privacy, but don’t allow much sun for a garden.

Ben is showing off my deck-grown basil. It was one of the things that did pretty well on my deck.

I’m Planning for Next Spring
In order to have a garden next year, I have to plan for it this summer. So, it’s back to the yard. I’ve been timing the sunshine. According to garden experts, you need at least 6 hours of sun. Because of the mature trees and wild gamble oak surrounding our property, that’s a challenge.

After timing the sunshine in my yard, I found a spot with adequate sun. Now, I need to kill the grass. Method one is to kill the grass topically. Since I want ORGANIC vegetables, I won’t be using RoundUp. I’ve found a couple of products online, which claim to be organic and will kill the grass without staying in the soil for 3 years. Method two is to rent a sod cutter. Right now, I’m leaning toward method two.

Once the grass is removed, then the soil needs to be improved. And lastly, a fence erected around the garden to keep Bambi and Thumper out. Then, I wait until next spring, when the planting begins.

Do you have any words of wisdom for a beginner gardener? Leave them in the comment section, below. I’d also love to see photos that you might have of your garden. Send them to:

Ben climbs my mountain ash. It’s great for climbing and shade, but blocks the sun for a veggie garden.

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One thought on “Backyard Veggie Garden Plans

  1. Christina @ Spoonfed says:

    We have the same problem with shade, so our new garden this year is an experiment in action. I wrote about that here (with pictures): So far, things are growing, though not producing as well as they should. But it’s been neat anyway.

    For your new garden, you might consider building a lasagna bed. Low-labor, better for the soil and fun, too. That’s what we did (there’s a link to instructions in my post).

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