How to Start a Backyard Vegetable Garden

One of the easiest ways to grow vegetables is in a raised garden bed. Learn about how to start a raised-bed garden and the tools and materials needed to do it right. An abundant vegetable garden in your own backyard is just a few steps away.

Difficulty level : 
Duration : 
2 days

Choosing the Vegetables

  • 1.1Select from a variety of pre-seeded vegetables or vegetable seeds by visiting your local Garden Centre or browsing online.
  • 1.2Take a look at the many different types of vegetables, from microgreens to tomatoes.

Pro Tip

Beans, chard, kale, and zucchini are among the easiest vegetables to grow for beginners.

Choosing a Raised Garden Bed

  • 2.1Look online or visit the nearest Reno-Depot to select from a range of raised garden beds.
  • 2.2Cedar and vinyl are two popular materials for raised garden beds. Cedar raised garden beds are rot- and weather-resistant in addition to being biodegradable, while vinyl raised garden beds are long-lasting and come in a wide selection of colours.
  • 2.3To start, consider a raised garden bed of around 100 square feet in size. There are also larger sizes to choose from for those with more experience.

Deciding Where to Grow

  • 3.1Most vegetables require at least six hours of sunlight a day, so find a sunny spot to set up the garden.
  • 3.2Set aside enough space to accommodate the size of the raised garden bed.

Clearing the Area

  • 4.1Clear the ground where the raised bed will go, using a rake and a shovel to remove any grass and weeds.
  • 4.2Ensure that the ground is even using a level.

Constructing the Raised Garden Bed

  • 5.1For best results, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to build the raised garden bed.
  • 5.2Stapling a large steel hardware cloth underneath the raised garden bed can help keep weeds at bay.

Adding the Vegetable Soil

  • 6.1Fill the raised bed with specific vegetable soil that contains the essential nutrients for a healthy garden.
  • 6.2Speak to a specialist at your local Reno-Depot Garden Centre for help with choosing the right soil.
  • 6.3Incorporate the soil by loosening it with a spading fork. This will encourage greater root penetration into the garden bed.

Planning and Planting

  • 7.1Before digging, create a plan for where to plant the vegetables.
  • 7.2Vegetables of different sizes require different spacing between seeds or pre-seeded plants.
  • 7.3Specific instructions for each plant can be found on the back of the seed packet.

Mulching and Watering

  • 8.1Adding a layer of mulch to a vegetable garden protects roots from extreme temperature fluctuations and helps prevent weed growth.
  • 8.2Frequent watering is important to keep thirsty vegetable plants quenched and healthy!

Pro Tip

Installing an irrigation system is an easy way to make sure that vegetable plants are getting enough water. Drip irrigation tools are a good choice.

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