How to Start a Garden When You Don't Know Anything: Step 1


| 2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM


Tags: Elizabeth Stone, Pacific Northwest, Washington, Oregon, garden planning, garden layout, vegetable gardens,

A friend recently told me that she wants a garden, but she doesn’t know where to start so (once again) she’s just going to wait until next year. She thought that maybe by next year, she would (magically) have an idea what to do with her yard.  It made me chuckle a bit because I know all too well what she’s going through.  I am guilty of the exact same thing.

This feeling is not new to me.  In 2012, I was going to school while I homeschooled my son.  That was the year I decided to turn our entire backyard into a vegetable garden.  I figured if I didn’t start it then, I never would.  Besides, as I was not working, why not save some money by growing our own food?  It was a lot of work.  To say the previous owners of our house had not taken care of the place was an understatement.  The entire property was riddled with car parts, broken glass, pieces of siding and insulation, buried garbage, chunks of cement and more.  If you can name it, we probably dug it out of our backyard that year.  We sifted through three rows of dirt - each 5 feet wide by 20 feet long and 4 feet deep.  We filled approximately one 30 gallon garbage can (overflowing) per row that we dug out.  

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One of the garbage cans we filled.

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A shot of the chunks of cement we removed with one bed almost finished.




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