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In urban environments or suburbs, it’s impossible for a household to grow all of their food. This is why they are forced to get most of their supplies from the supermarket. However, you don’t have to self-grow 100 percent of your plate’s contents in order to make an impact. In your garden, you can either grow herbs or superfoods.  Here are several tips on how to turn your backyard into a superfood garden.

The size and layout of your garden

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The first thing you need to understand is that different superfoods require different conditions. As such, you need to examine the amount of space you have available. For instance, apricots should be planted next to a sunny garden wall, while tomatoes have a bit more location-independent positioning. Those who are looking forward to DIY making garden beds should probably think about carrots, kale or spinach. As you can see, the composition of your garden greatly depends on its landscape.

Home-made compost

handmade compost

Another thing you need to think about is the soil itself. Most people tend to this by using compost to enrich it. Needless to say, self-made compost yields the optimal results. Wood chips, eggshells, shredded newspapers, as well as the majority of your food leftovers can be used with this purpose in mind. Word of caution, dairy or meat should not be used in compost but everything else is fair game. Apart from helping your superfood garden grow, this also helps you declutter your home a bit, which is a win-win scenario.

Prepare your arsenal

In theory, all you need for gardening is some good will. In practice, however, some basic gardening tools would be more than welcome. At very least, you need some basic garden equipment like hoses, extensions and connectors. You see, a minor garden (in size and scope), might not justify the purchase of a high-end irrigation system. Still, this also means that you won’t have to spend much time watering it yourself. Aside from this, you also need a shovel and a trowel, a rake and some quality pruning shears.

Schedule your superfoods

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One of the most amazing things about your superfoods is that you can get several (at least two) crops each year. This can be achieved through the so-called succession planting. Some crops thrive in cool weather (crops like lettuce, carrots and spinach), which gives you a bit wider time-frame to work with. This means that you can harvest them and then replant them soon after. Oranges and grapefruit are planted in pots, which allows you to carry them indoors if the need arises. Therefore, they abide by their own rules.

Additional tips

At the end of the day, you need to know a thing or two about superfoods in general. For instance, most seeds are best sown in spring, yet, if you can place them under glass or fleece, you can start as early as February. As we’ve already discussed, some crops are particularly quick-grown, which is a useful thing to know, even if you don’t aim to squeeze in multiple harvests. Foods like beets can be planted in late August or early September, which gives you a plenty of time to plan it all out, even if you do start quite late.

In conclusion

At the end of the day, turning your backyard into a superfood garden is a rewarding project. Not only is it frugal and healthy but it also provides you with a fun and relaxing hobby. Therefore, it’s worth giving a try, regardless of how much space you have in your backyard.

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