March 13, 2012

Time to Start Gardening from Scratch

Pinterest has done some crazy things to people. I don't have an account (well.. that's not true. The truth is, I have an account, but I set it up and haven't returned since. And I don't plan too, either), but my wife is on Pinterest and she seems to enjoy it. Some people post some pretty cool stuff they have done with their yards, which has inspired my wife and I to go crazy with ours.

The problem is: Neither of us has much experience with gardening.
Sure, I know a thing or two about landscaping but I couldn't grow an onion to save my life. And I know the biggest problem is that I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Fortunately, I have the web and a few areas in my backyard that were practically built to house a few gardens. Now.. how to begin.

I'll try to document every step my wife and I take to building our dream garden. We want to do much more than just garden, like hang a few brightly colored pots from our fence and stuff like that.
We are way lucky because two of the three fences bordering our backyard are wood so we plan on doing some really cool stuff with that.

We already have one peach tree, an apricot tree, and grapevines (which are SO cool when they are not dead). Our lawn is mostly Bermuda with a few patches of, what seems to be, Augustine and of course, the Sand Burrs. I know how to kill Sand Burrs, I just have to be careful with the herbicides because of our dog. But she gets stickers in her fur all the time so I really need to get on that.

What I've Learned So Far

So since my wife and I are super pumped about getting our yard all prettied up, I've already read through a few articles on starting a garden from scratch. I will list them below for your enjoyment and also as a way of me keeping track of them (HaHa!).

If you are an expert gardener and have some tips to add about starting a garden from scratch, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT. I am a complete novice at this stuff so any suggestions will be much appreciated!

Gardening from Scratch: What You Need

So I gather that I'm going to need a few things to get started. Like,
  • Soil
  • Seeds
  • Seedlings
  • A Windowsill
  • Compost? Help me out with this one, guys.
  • Mulch
  • Patience, love, hard work, yadda yadda yadda
This should be a lot of fun.. I'm really looking forward to it. Let the fun [and work] begin!! Right?


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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