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Turning your backyard into a lavish garden is the most wonderful thing you can do, for yourself and your loved ones.

A recent study conducted on two families has shown that switching to an organic diet significantly reduces a level of pesticides in the body, especially when it comes to children. Since their organs are still developing, they are more susceptible to the effects of toxic chemicals, so the exposure to pesticides can be far more dangerous for them than for the adults.

Growing a garden means turning a piece of land into an abundant, colourful, and beautiful piece of heaven while providing your family fresh and healthy meals.

Design the garden

Every garden should be appreciated, not only for the food on the table, but for being a sight for sore eyes. Ignore the usual rectangular shape with straight rows that serves the industrial purpose and apply your vision of rich and wild garden with the curves and shapes that celebrate natural forms.

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Awake the creativity and sketch your future garden but take care of the basics, such as picking the sunny spots, leaving enough space for the plants as well as leaving enough space for you to move between them.

Prepare the soil

Before planting, make sure that you have the soil rich in organic matter and nutrients. If you wish to prepare a soil that was previously a lawn, start in Autumn by mowing the lawn, and covering it with three or four layers of newspaper. Cover the newspaper with a thick layer of straw, and after that, cover it with a thick layer of compost.

By Spring, you will have soil ready for Spring planting, filled with earthworms, and rich in organic matter. Most plants require a soil pH between 6.0 – 6.8, so make sure to test the soil, and to plant limestone to raise pH or add sulphur to lower it.

Raise the beds

Planting in raised beds has proved to be more efficient because it provides drainage of the soil, as well as better heating of the beds. Also, they allow easier soil amendment as long as they are at least 6 inches above the ground, and no broader than 4 feet.

Planting in raised beds enables you to work on the clean path and not crush plants underfoot. Consider multiple bedding plans as a part of your garden design since it will look interesting, and will prove to be functional.

Decide what to grow

Start small and simple, plant the veggies that you know that your family will eat. Beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and pumpkin are the easiest plants to grow, and starting with those would be a clever move.

Learn about the warm and cold weather vegetables and when to plant them. Choose whether you’ll sow seeds directly in the ground or you will buy seedlings.

Crops that grow best in cool weather are peas, carrots, radishes, beetroot, and spinach. Warm weather veggies are cucumber, beans, pumpkin, and corn. Although these are mostly low-maintenance veggies, learn when to sow them, and how to take care of them.

Plant some flowers too

Near the planted vegetables you can plant a row of flowers that will stand as a colourful border. Keep in mind the height, leaf texture, and colour of the flowers to create a vibrant but meaningful contrast.

Aside from looking lovely, flowers planted near the vegetables can be quite useful since they attract beneficial insects that eat pests and aid pollination. Best flowers to plant in the vegetable garden are chamomile, calendula, marigold, buckwheat, and clover.

Maintain your garden

Someone said that the best fertiliser for the plants is the shadow of the gardener. Be present in your garden, whether to inspect, weed out or just to take a walk. Take care of the plants as well as the soil by nourishing it with compost instead of industrial fertilizers.

Provide the sunlight by trimming the trees and look for some handy garden hoses to regularly water the ground. Look for the signs of pests or any other threat and act timely. Also, learn more about your new hobby every day and apply your knowledge.

Planning a garden and taking an effort to create it can bring you only good and improve the quality of life. Aside from obvious health benefits, spending time in the garden is relaxing, stress relieving, and rewarding. It mutes distractions from this hectic urban life and connects us with nature and with our long forgotten selves.

 Are you a gardener? Share with us in the comments.

  • I love the idea of having a productive garden but I’ve come to the sad conclusion that I’d actually kill a plastic plant.

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  • It is such a great joy to grow plants and vegetables. It’s really good for children too.

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  • I love to grow vegetables and flowers in my garden. It’s a good feeling when you see your garden full of greenery. Love the smell of different kind of herbs.

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  • I love to grow veggies and flowers in my backyard . Gives pleasant feeling when using your own production at any time.

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  • Thanks for the suggestions. My children have just chosen new covers for spring/summer. They are super excited about them and also love changing the layout of the room (the position of their bed, bedside table, desk, bookshelf etc).

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  • Is great to use companion planting, certain flowering plants to certain vegetables, can help ward off insects/pests etc. Each year always rotate your veggie patches. Miss not having my own and having the pleasure of growing, picking and enjoy such lovely fresh produce. If you have the space, time and water, enjoy.

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  • yeah you definately will be so proud to eat your own produce and it is such a great bonus for the wallet

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  • the flower border is a great idea. the kids will love getting involved in a garden and they will love picking the produce

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  • i would love to grow a vegetable garden

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  • I love my garden, flowers and veggies. So satisfying to see it produce and a great way to spend outside time with my boys.

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  • Don’t plant too many of the same at the same time. Plant a few every 3 weeks or so. That way your crop will mature in stages, not all at the same time. Don’t plant your vegies too close together. Sometimes roots get tangled together, fight each other for moisture and nutriment. Some like plenty of air flow around them and are less prone to garden pests, viruses and diseases. Beware, ants steal some small seeds such as carrots out of the soil. Amusing to watch but not the waste and destruction they cause.

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  • We have heaps of fruit trees and vegies growing. And plans gor lots more!

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  • I want to grow some veges but just need some motivation to do it.

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  • I am not an avid gardener, my Dad usually helps me out but I must say it is quite therapeutic.

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  • A well planned vege patch is wonderful the first year then the next everything gets moved as you never grow the same thing in the same spot each year and it ends up looking like what I have now. Years of vegies and an ugly but productive area covered in netting scraps that are tied together after the birds and rats leave holes in them or you have to cut the snakes out. I may grow heaps but it is an ugly area. I have 16 or 17 pineapples flowering which I love, powdery mildew got my second batch of cucumbers so the third is in now, rats like to eat my tomato’s and leaving holes in my nets, the carrots never grew the beetroot was dismal, a wallaby hit my snowpea fence and destroyed lots of plants. The garden is a constant fight but I get out there every day and do what I can.

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