How to Start A Backyard Vegetable Garden

How to Start A Backyard Vegetable Garden

There is no better way to get back to nature than to create a backyard garden. What’s better than connecting to nature through food!!!

Gardening is good for you in so many ways, fresh air and exercise, the enjoyable kind of exercise, not the boring kind a gym offers. There is a kind of peacefulness in the garden and it spreads and grows in you. The solitude is very healthy and is the best way to control stress.

Gardens are creative in so many ways because you get to design and choose many things in your garden. What food you will grow, what you will grow it in, clay pots, wooden planters, or whatever you come up with, also the layout of your garden is all up to you, so let your imagination run wild. I could go on and on. I get very excited about all that. Let’s get started!

Step one is choosing the best spot for your garden. You want a spot that gets a lot of sun, a spot that it sunny most of the day.

Here is how to decide. Go out in your yard at 10 am and walk around and notice which spots get the morning sun. Then go out again at 2 pm and look around and see if the same spot that was in the sun at 10am is still in the sun. Ok, one more trip out to the yard at 4pm to see which spot gets the sun at 10, 2, and 4. That will be a great spot for your garden.

It is a very, very good idea to have a fence around your garden. You will soon notice that everything and everyone is drawn to your little paradise and a fence will protect it and keep the critters out.

Now, I have put up a lot of fencing on my homestead through the years and believe me when I say it can be a lot of hard work. All my experience is going to help you now, because I’m going to tell you the best and easiest fencing to choose that will last and last.

You can find this fencing and posts at some of the big farm supply stores, and here it is . . . . . 50 inch hog panels, they come in 16 foot sections, are sturdy and easy to put up, they look really, really nice, they will last a long time, and some veggies like to grow up them, like cucumbers and beans.

I know a few people might not have room for a garden that size but don’t worry because the panels can be cut in half with a simple hack saw, so two panels will make an eight by eight foot garden.

They are rigid metal so no pulling and stretching like on wire fencing. I use 4×4 posts for the corners and metal T posts in the center of my 16 foot panels. For the gate I simply cut a 32 inch piece off the end of one panel with my hack saw and used U nails to nail it to the corner post, Boom, simple gate.

I plan on having a couple ducks in my garden, a compost bin and lots, and lots of healthy food. Stay tuned on Becky Sunshine’s garden adventures.

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-Becky Sunshine

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50 Comments

  1. Liz Lane on September 30, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Love your plans for your garden! How exciting! You have SO much energy, Becky! Impressive! That sweet sweet Lincoln! Oh my goodness what a sweetheart! I loved when he was sitting there wanting you to give him a snuggle! What kind of dog is Lincoln? Dogs are such a sweet part of life! 🙂 Love your videos–you are encouraging, inspiring and a great teacher!

  2. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 4:37 am

    pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez reply

  3. Rude Rigo on September 30, 2018 at 4:38 am

    I wish you are here Becky so we can build a garden. Love your voice so much.

  4. gail bader on September 30, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Look at you girl!!! You’ve got muscles…

  5. Sheila M. Manolarakis on September 30, 2018 at 4:44 am

    #PERFECT #thismatters #gardenfood #freshfoodforhealth #Education

  6. Ana Larson on September 30, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Nice garden Becky, love to see your strength, I wish I had half your strength, I keep trying, I have joint issues. I love container gardening too, we live in Catskill rock soil so building up is the best way to go. It is adorable how your gangly gang of animals follow you. Great Idea with cardboard, newspapers work too just not with tons of colored ink, and then you have lasagna gardening. Blessings and keep sharing.

  7. pandagaming on September 30, 2018 at 4:45 am

    you need more pigs so neil has friends

  8. inderwink on September 30, 2018 at 4:45 am

    🍎Love the duck idea!🍎👩🏻‍🌾👍🏻

  9. Gabby Flying Chef on September 30, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Anchor the fence piece so it doesn’t move and use the entire length of the hack saw blade.

  10. tanya stolp on September 30, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Do you have deer in your yard? I’m trying to build an affordable garden fence, to keep the deer out. I have about 12 deer that come around frequently.

  11. Furqan Qureshi on September 30, 2018 at 4:47 am

    First video from you and I fall in love with your vids.

  12. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 4:48 am

    im wating

  13. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 4:49 am

    you are the best

  14. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 4:51 am

    im wating

  15. My View From The Woods on September 30, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Love your videos!

  16. Pardee in the garden on September 30, 2018 at 4:53 am

    You are such a pleasure to watch! This was my first video and definitely not my last!

  17. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 4:53 am

    just reply

  18. trans-tn on September 30, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Becky – please look into this new way of growing – This is awesome and will also prevent some common issues we all have growing food.
    Check Janet in AL – Her channel is Farmer Brown’s Paradise
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpINSSXEHN8&t=180s
    Her info on this channel is amazing, you guys should get together and teach everyone about it.

  19. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 4:54 am

    i have a dog that eats birds i want chickens but im sceard she will eat the chickens eny thinc i kood do

  20. S. Barger on September 30, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Ahh, I want Indian Runner ducks.

  21. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 4:56 am

    im wating

  22. Keep the Faith on September 30, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Compost that horse and chicken poo..compost one year..and in the box layer old straw..with manure.. then cover with news paper..and mulch….presto…no weeds..I’m sure you have done it…
    ***
    I did a 30×70.. using short t post and 3 ft chicken wire fence…..but I also have a lot of raised beds around the house and a borrowed plot 30×200…but this is my last year to use it..I just cannot keep up all of it..

  23. Evelyn Robles on September 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

    You inspire me thanks for your grandma pineapple cheesecake recipe delicious 😋

  24. Susan DeSantell on September 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Becky, you’re the best! Your easy-going [yet informative!] nature makes me smile! Please keep saying, "Let’s Goooooo!" 🙂 P.S. I am starting my first ever veggie garden this spring–so, these videos are immensely helpful! We are out in WI though, so lots to learn with all of the cold weather elements to factor in here! Here’s to SPRING and flourishing gardens!

  25. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

    im gona cry

  26. Zane Wiggs on September 30, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Wow people who live in Florida really mean it is all sand.

  27. Earl Baxter on September 30, 2018 at 5:05 am

    2 Things ms. becky… First get a small pair of bolt cutters those will cut your wire panels alot better second what part of fla do you live in if you don’t mind me asking county will be fine. i am just curious about something.

  28. Yeshuah is King of Kings on September 30, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Awesome! I actually just started some seeds in the greenhouse, peppers and tomatoes, bok choy, daikon radish, and rutabagas. Can’t wait to see how your garden comes along over time!

  29. FallingLeaves on September 30, 2018 at 5:10 am

    I use a small bolt cutter to cut my cattle panels.

  30. Brendan Duffy on September 30, 2018 at 5:11 am

    you’re a very cool lady

  31. EvePlayz MSP on September 30, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Great video becky! You make great videos ❤️ greetings from Ireland 🇮🇪

  32. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 5:12 am

    you are a bit of kit😠😠😠😠😲😲😲😈😈😈😈😤👎👎👎👎👎

  33. Darth Vegan on September 30, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Have you ever watched vegangains

  34. Connor focy Pearce on September 30, 2018 at 5:14 am

    you are the best

  35. MELINDA J. MOSS on September 30, 2018 at 5:15 am

    I love your voice and so sweet😍😍😍

  36. Tamar Komla on September 30, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Thanks for the garden ducks idea! Will anything eat stink bugs?

  37. Kristie Bulla on September 30, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Becky, thank you for another great video! You’ve inspired me to move my dynamic duck duo into my garden this year! Could you please tell me about your post hole digger? It looks so much nicer than the one I have!! I’d love to get the brand and/or where it came from. Thank you so much for everything you do!

  38. Kara-Ryan Fitzgerald on September 30, 2018 at 5:18 am

    What an awesome channel!!!🌹❤️

  39. Jashim Ahmed on September 30, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Which town do you live? Please reply.

  40. Shelly Smith on September 30, 2018 at 5:21 am

    This is EXACTLY the point I am at right now!!!! I just built a compost bin out of pallets but it’s so windy here I think I’ll have to cover the pile with a tarp to keep moisture in. Do you get all scientific and use one of those long thermometers to check your compost pile? I want to keep it wet and hot enough but don’t want to create a big slimy rotting mess that isn’t turning into compost.

  41. Terra Ranch on September 30, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Love your projects! I’ve learned so much from you. Also you look fabulous and happy. Hugs Becky❤️

  42. Flawless Fluidity on September 30, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Hi Becky! What’s the best way to keep snakes out of your garden?

  43. Highview Hill Micro Farm on September 30, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I love my garden and I love your sheep panel fencing. I will have to keep that in mind for my future garden when I move…I also love Indian runner ducks…they’re like bowling pins with legs! I didn’t know it was good to keep ducks in the garden…I want ducks…now I know where to keep them!

  44. Kara-Ryan Fitzgerald on September 30, 2018 at 5:25 am

    I’m so glad I found you. 🌸💖🌹❤️

  45. Itazuke Dee on September 30, 2018 at 5:26 am

    I thought you couldn’t grow lettuce in Florida too hot!!??

  46. beauty king on September 30, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Read this . After laying how many eggs can does a lay before sitting on them? / my hn is new hampshire red breed

  47. Eric Edwards on September 30, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Do a vlog at the feed store

  48. pk omega thunders on September 30, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Hi Becky um uh your prolly not gonna see this but uhhhhhhhh you should not watch my channel oh yeah chicken update they are 10 months

  49. Sansom’s Pressure Cleaning & Pool Service on September 30, 2018 at 5:32 am

    For my compost pile I get four pallets zip tie them together and throw everything in them.

  50. Jeanette Wilkinson on September 30, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Looking forward to the progress

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