Here are some firsthand lessons learned from planting a garden in my own backyard. These lessons were learned through a couple of different gardens over the years.
1. Be careful when using bug killer.
This lesson was learned at a young age when an unfortunate event happened. In my childhood home, we had a couple different gardens including a flower garden and a vegetable garden. We were having problems with snails, so my father put don’t snail bait to take care of the problem. Unfortunately, the family dog got into the bait and digested it. A trip to the vet couldn’t save him and we ended up losing him. It’s important to be careful when putting down bug killer in your backyard especially when you have pets or children. It can be very harmful and potentially fatal to them.
2. Be careful of who can get into the garden.
If you have dogs or other animals in your backyard you may have problems with them if you have a garden. The major problem that arose from a garden at my home was that one of my dogs liked to dig. To stop the dog from digging in the garden a fence had to be built. These are things that need to be considered if you decide to build a garden yourself in your backyard. Pets can potentially dig and ultimately destroy a garden if they have unsupervised access to it.
3. Know where to place the garden.
The newest garden at my home is much smaller than previous gardens. Fortunately this garden is contained in a planter box that could be moved. It’s first location didn’t get enough sunlight and that’s very important when growing plants. The planter box was moved again before all the plants were added to it, which is what it needed. Now the garden is in the sunlight which will make the vegetables grow. The planter box can’t be moved anymore so it was a smart decision to move it into the sunlight before it got too heavy to move. Make sure when planting a garden that it’s not directly under a tree or fence. This may block the sunlight out, which is not good since the vegetables need the sunlight in order to grow.
4. Find out if there are any water restrictions in your town.
I live in El Dorado County and as of late there has been restrictions on water usage at home. We are in the middle of a drought and are only allowed to water twice a week. Luckily the garden is small and is surviving okay for now but if it was a bigger garden it probably wouldn’t have been able to survive on just two days of watering. Do your research first on how you plan on taking care of your garden. Figure out how much water you need and if you are allowed to water that much in your town. This is especially important for towns that are normally dryer than other towns.