It’s summer. There are farmer’s markets every weekend that are fun. But they can put a drain on your budget each month.

But there is nothing like fresh vegetables to add brilliant color to your dishes.

Maybe you just settled into a new home, or maybe you are planning on moving soon and dream of having a backyard garden. Whatever your situation is, it’s never to early to start planning your garden.

Planting new roots at home and in the garden is poetic. But where do you begin when all you see is green grass?

Here are a few tips to look at when starting a new garden at your home:


Just throwing seeds in the ground is not a great idea. The first step into making a new garden is to plan ahead and sketch out what you want and where that will go.

Here are a few tips to start with:

  • Set realistic goals. While you may want everything from carrots to lima beans growing this year, what do you have time for with your schedule?
  • Pick a few basic things like tomatoes, string beans and radishes.
  • Pick an area of the yard to make your garden, perhaps something you can see from your kitchen window. Watch how the sun hits the area and make sure you are near an area where you can get water easily.
  • Make sure the area of the yard is now where water pools after a rain.
  • Know what USDA Plant Hardiness Zone you are and plan accordingly! Dayton Ohio is in Zone 6A, but there are areas nearby that are in 5b. It’s important to know your zone if you’re going to garden!


Read your seed packets to see what grows easily for the area you have. You don’t want to put plants in that need shade while others do not. Just because you want to eat it, doesn’t mean that you should grow this in your new garden the first year.

The width of a bed of veggies should be 4 feet or less, so you can reach the middle of the area to pick weeds.

There is one key to picking what to grow — GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. If you don’t really want to use this veggie in your salads this year, don’t put that in your garden.

Use must-haves and don’t worry about things you should eat — like Kale.

If you like watching football each year and have great salsa recipe, then tomatoes are your thing, along with peppers.


There is nothing like going to a garden to harvest your hard work. So why not do that as quickly as possible. Be sure to include easy starter plants that grow quickly like peas, beans, radishes, lettuce and squash.

Also, remember how much space you are dealing with and how much area something like tomatoes will take up.


Depending on your budget, plants are great option because they have a start and will take off quickly. Growing from seeds is more challenging, but could save you money. If you want to start from seed, pick leafy veggies.


Don’t forget to label what you planted and where.


Before you put a shovel into the grass, make sure to call the city to see if there are power lines or any restrictions.


If your new home is in Dayton, raised garden beds are the way to go. You don’t have to do anything but build or buy them.

And the key to these is when it comes to weeding, you don’t have to bend over as far and they will be easy to water.

If you decide to build your own, avoid pressure treated lumber.

You also can start your own compost area, but that may be a big step for your first garden. You can add fruit and veggie peels to help start.


The purpose of growing a garden in your new backyard is to eat what you grow. But the most important thing is to HAVE FUN. This is supposed to be enjoyable. If you don’t have fun, then your garden will show that.


If you want that new garden in your life and are ready to for move, find the right Dayton moving company for you. Hire professional and reputable local movers in Dayton Ohio. Contact American Way Van and Storage. They’re your Dayton movers for 90 years. If you are looking for Dayton moving company, we can help. We can also service any moves outside of Ohio because we are an agent of National Van Lines. Call 937-898-7294or go online for your free moving quote today.

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