I have a backyard with no garden. Where do I even start?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 06, 2018
    what are you preferences,amount of space, light and location

  • Veronica Veronica on Mar 06, 2018
    Have you thought about planting them in buckets or 5gallon pails. Like tomatoes, peppers, even potatoes. You can plant about anything in buckets. Doesn't take up much room at all.

  • Rl06898607 Rl06898607 on Mar 06, 2018
    The best place to begin is by measuring the space and putting everything on graph paper to come up with a plan. The plan will depend on what sort of garden you want. If there is a fence, that's a great place to start by creating a garden of flowers against it. For a vegetable garden, you will need to figure out where it will get the most sunlight and still be close enough to be able to water easily. good luck

  • I have only a small space so I tend to use plantar boxes. If yours is a garden, then I would take a look at where there is the most sun, and the least. Plan out which flowers/plants would fit best by the sun. Like, Hosta and other shade loving plants where the sun hits less, and then look for plants that love the sun. Look for drainage as well or add some in areas where water pools. If you have a particularly damp area, that would be a good spot for a pond or rock garden, this raises it up so that the water can drain. Dry areas, look for plants that need little water. Most garden centres can advise you on this. I always planted in a way that there was always something in bloom. Like, Spring flowers that come up early, and then along with them others that come up a little later on. For a fast show of colour, you can add annuals that bloom faster. The idea is to have one thing blooming, which covers up the impending end of the last. That takes your eye away from any areas that look dead or dying...and to the colour.

  • Linda Linda on Mar 06, 2018
    I like fiber grow containers. I have a hanging one with four pockets and a standard pot sized one to use for potatoes. First saw these used on gardening shows. They are cheap, versatile for any vegetable or flowers. Can get you off to a fast start for a lower cost. https://247garden.com/fabric-pots/5-gallons-fabric-pots-grow-bags/247p-fp-5grey.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAlfnUBRBQEiwAWpPA6bH_u_AKTUfvL8wgaCgQb0mCICb9A3fXJOs3LDdns5DWpQMzyF-dyhoCcv4QAvD_BwE Good luck!

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Mar 06, 2018
    Perhaps describe your setting. Do you have shade? How much space? Do you have a deck or patio? What is there now, bushes, trees? What do you want - vegetables, shrubbery, perennials, a cutting garden?

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 06, 2018
    Do you have some pictures? That might help us help you.

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    • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 06, 2018
      It looks like you have a nice big yard. Do you have a deck or patio? If not, I would start there. You might want to also build a cover or put up an awning, either seasonal or retractable. After it's finished, you could start a garden with low growing shrubs and some pretty flowers, around the deck or put some big potted plants on the corners, place different sizes in groups. I have found that vinca flowers (not the vine) are my go flower, they grow beautifully in my area in both sun and shade. I would get a few more trees, maybe bigger than the one you have in the picture. I'm guessing that it's a maple tree and they take a little while to grow. I think you might want shade a little sooner. Talk to you local nursery to get ideas on what is best for your area. You could also put a water feature in a corner, a waterfall and pond. Then you could put a garden, seating and a fire pit by the water. That would be a nice place to hang out on summer nights roasting marshmallows. If you want a vegetable garden, put that in another corner. Just take one thing at a time so you don't get over whelmed.

  • Laura Boss Martineau Laura Boss Martineau on Mar 06, 2018
    Huge fenced in yard but want to start small- maybe an area in the middle of the yard. We have full sun most the day.

  • Laura Boss Martineau Laura Boss Martineau on Mar 06, 2018
    Perennials and a cutting garden probably. I’ll have to find a picture

  • Laura Boss Martineau Laura Boss Martineau on Mar 06, 2018
    Picture complete with kids!