Robert Frost was on to something when he said, “good fences make good neighbors”, we all just want to get along – but do require boundaries. The same theory applies for your garden. To give your plants the needed boundaries – it’s important to map out your garden to be filled with neighboring plants that are compatible and not combative. This technique is called “Companion Planting”.
We have gone through the steps for companion planting; however want to put those learnings to use and build an in-ground garden.
An in-ground is simply a garden dug in the ground through the removal of the top-soil. This type of garden is ideal for those who have a bit more space to play in their yards.
Before getting your hands dirty, check out our video detailing the quick steps to build an in-ground garden and learn how to apply the companion planting method.
We recommend an area of about 4x8 feet for your bed, but you can adjust the sizing to fit your yard and your gardening needs! 4X4 feet is another common bed size, if you have a bit less space.
HOW TO START AN IN-GROUND GARDEN
Garden Soil (we recommend Harvest Organics Garden Soil)
Find an available area in your yard that receives about 6 hours of sunlight per day. Areas with sparse vegetation indicate areas to avoid.
After measuring out your bed size, use your shovel to dig a two to three inch outline of your bed.
Use the garden tiller to break up the compact soil inside your plot for easy removal.
Remove the top six to eight inches of soil from the bed area.
Add Harvest Organics Garden Soil to the bed and mix it with existing soil using the garden tiller.
Once the bed is filled with garden soil, rake the area level. (NOTE: Garden edging can be a great way to create a simple yet aesthetically pleasing outline for your garden.)
- Create a companion planting map by making circular guidelines in your bed.
- Using a spade, make shallow holes inside the circles for your seeds.
- Cover your seeds with loose soil, water and watch them grow
PRO TIP: When applying the garden soil, be sure to use the garden tiller to mix the current soil with the garden soil. By doing so, you can ensure better balances for your plants.
Here are more resources on building an in-ground garden.