Gardening has long served as an excellent benefit for multiple reasons, and with more people spending time at home, now is a great time to take on a hobby that feels more rewarding.

Science has long attributed the benefits of gardening as a prominent way to lower stress and reduce anxiety while balancing mindfulness. Creating a beautiful garden doesn’t only improve your well-being but also adds an elegant touch to your backyard, making it more aesthetically pleasing to spend time with. Forbes had also published an article a few years ago exploring the connection between the colour green and the correlation between boosted productivity and creativity. They cite a study from Harvard of research conducted on businesses that invested in new green office design and how they impacted employees. They found that green-certified offices generate a 26% increase in cognition, a 6% rise in employee sleep quality and a reduction of sickness-related absences by 30%.

Whether we continue to work from home for a more extended period, or not, investing in our backyard garden continues to provide on-going benefits, especially if kids are involved in the process. Whether or not you are new to gardening, one of the greatest places to start with your backyard garden is to plant vegetables, which can add wonderful flavours to your home-cooked meals.

When considering your garden design, here are 4 tips to keep in mind to get the most of your efforts.

1) Consider the Size of Your Garden

It can be challenging to follow along advice and design ideas found online, as the size of your garden can vastly differ from the inspirations found online. To utilize space without feeling like you are shrinking your outdoor space, many design solutions can help you achieve the best of both worlds. Typically, when creating your veggie garden, you should aim for the measurement to be 12’x6’, or smaller. If you’re unsure about the size or need some inspiration, you can view the gallery of our previous projects by clicking here.

2) Location, Location, Location

For full growth, your garden will need a nice sunny spot, which is essential to keep in mind. Although vegetables vary on the amount of daily sun required, most herbs and vegetables require at least 6 hours of natural light. If you have an area that tends to have less light shine, this space could also be used for plants that grow in partial sun or shade, which only require 3-4 hours of direct sunlight. Plants that thrive in the shade, only need about two hours of daylight. Examples of such plants include:

  • Heuchera
  • Oakleaf Hydrangeas
  • Astilbe
  • Ferns
  • Caladium
  • Torenia
  • Foam Flower
  • Primulas
  • Lungwort

3) Nutrients & Soil

Fertile soil will help your vegetable garden thrive and encourage the growth of healthy, extensive roots. One of the best methods for an organically rich soil is to utilize a raised bed for better growth. Using a raised vegetable garden bed usually warms the soil earlier in spring, compared to the soil surrounding the earth, and tends to dry faster and drain better. By merely using a raised vegetable bed, you can extend the growing season of your vegetable garden, getting more use every year. IF you’re looking for garden ideas with raised beds, click here.

When it comes to watering your garden, keep in mind that different vegetables and herbs may require a different quantity of water. It is vital to ensure your garden receives water, daily, however, do pay attention to the amount, which is usually on the back of the seeds.

4) Spacing Your Garden 

Your crops will need enough space to grow, so you will need to ensure that you are not placing them close together in a position where they are competing for nutrition, water and sunlight. A small trick to use is to plant your crops in triangles instead of rows or a square pattern, which can yield you 10%-14% more plants in each bed.

The last tip we can provide is to pay attention to the quality of your seeds, which can make a tremendous difference in the growth of your vegetable garden. We’ve helped our customers create beautiful backyard spaces and gardens over the years that fit perfectly within their vision and within their space. If you’re looking to transform your backyard into a beautiful space, you can click here to contact us for more inspiration and information.

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