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

1
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.
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Pro Tip

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

2
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.

3
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.

4
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.

5
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.

6
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.

7
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.

8
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!
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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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