For the homeowner looking to add a little something extra to his or her property, a home garden provides a sense of warmth, hospitality and sustainability. No matter how much space you have to invest in a home garden, there’s a way to grow delicious vegetables that become an essential part of your meals and your home’s overall experience. Here are a few considerations to help you get started:
- Space: Home gardens, by nature, are on tight footprints. This is doubly difficult because you must find a way to maximize sunlight and water while also protecting your garden from icy precipitation and harsh winds. Focus on the vegetables you want to grow, and choose a small space in the area that gets the best sunlight for growing those specific crops.
- Raised Beds: This is one way to make your venture into home gardening as manageable as possible. Rather than going for crop rows, considering using raised beds to maximize your space and simplify things. It’s tempting to want to shoot for the moon when starting a home garden, but raised beds are great way to learn how much time and energy you can commit.
- Vertical: Use supports to grow your garden up rather than out, especially if space is an issue. You most likely want to keep some large portion of your backyard for recreation while also tending to your garden, and a vertical setup helps you accomplish that. Consider using your fence as a vertical support.
- Rotation: Since the earliest days of agriculture, crop rotation has been a key to success. The same holds true of your home garden. The rule of thumb is to grow the same crop in the same place only once every three years. This helps ensure you maximize the nutrients in your soil and that you help keep away critters and diseases that remain in the soil after harvest time.
- Succession: Rather than planting your entire garden all at once, consider planting in succession. This helps you best manage your different crops and develop a pipeline that you can tend to progressively. This also helps maximize the harvest season for each individual crop.
- Record Keeping: It’s hard to learn from your mistakes if you aren’t keeping records of your successes and failures. Track your planting efforts and make comments about your progress. Your own records in concert with expert advice found in books, magazines and online should help ensure that you enjoy success in your home gardening endeavors.
If you have any questions about home gardens and how they’ll affect your home and its value, contact us at CENTURY 21 Core Partners. Our team of expert agents has worked with homeowners for decades, helping them to improve their homes for the market — and helping prospective homeowners find the properties of their dreams.
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