Its a fact that gardening is the most popular hobby in the United States and possibly the world. Even people who don't garden will agree that backyard gardens always yield the best tasting fruits and vegetables a person can eat.
Unfortunately, becoming a backyard gardener isn't always as easy as one might think. A successful garden demands that its gardener maintain it. A backyard gardener has to plant seeds or seedlings, weed garden beds, and water the plants for many weeks before he or she can expect to eat a fresh vegetable. In the meantime, the gardener must chase away squirrels, birds, bugs, and even naughty neighborhood children.
This being said, the rewards of gardening dramatically outweigh the negatives. Fruit and vegetable gardens are a great source of fresh food, fresh air, and even exercise. Not only this, but the act of tending a garden can be enjoyable all by itself.
Successful gardeners don't worry about the negative aspects of gardening because they know that they'll always be able to enjoy the positives. In addition to this, a well-informed gardener can drastically reduce the amount of time he or she spends weeding, watering, planting, and even chasing away unwanted guests.
How does one become a well-informed gardener?
The best way to become a better gardener is to first learn all you can about backyard gardening. People have been growing food for themselves for thousands of years and there is more than enough information out there to help you grow a wonderfully productive garden.
This website is a great place to start. The Excitable Gardener website is full of articles on gardening tips and tricks as well as plant information. We even have sections on home aquaponics and backyard chickens. Apply the gardening methods outlined on this website to your backyard garden and you'll grow a better garden than you've ever grown before.
Where should I start?
The best place to get started is in our gardening tips section. This section of the website will show you how to plant seeds, how to companion plant, and how to grow food in a raised bed. It will also explain the benefits of growing with these methods, so you'll know exactly what you're doing and why you're doing it.
What plants should I grow?
The answer to this question is different for everyone. A backyard gardener needs to first decide what he or she wants to eat. After this, one should learn what grows best in the climate they are growing in. Just because a person likes to eat a certain vegetable, doesn't mean he or she should grow it. For instance, I love orange juice, but I know I'll never be able to grow an orange tree in my backyard garden in Pennsylvania.
Visit our section on garden plants and learn all you can about each fruit and vegetable and you'll be sure to grow the right plants for your garden.
Advanced Backyard Gardening
Once you've learned the basics of backyard gardening, you might want to move onto more advanced techniques. Our suggestion is to start off small. A truly Excitable Gardener will get so excited about gardening that he or she will end up trying to change their grass-filled lawn into a miniature farm in one night. Unfortunately, this often leads to a messy backyard and a failed garden.
We suggest that you start by picking one advanced gardening technique at a time and working on it until you become an expert. For instance, you could start by learning how to make your own compost first. Once you've mastered this, you could move on to raising chickens in your backyard or growing fish in a small aquaponics setup. Just make sure you do one at a time and you're sure to succeed.
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