what are some good ideas for making a backyard garden?

ok me and my friend are like 11 and we are trying to make our own garden, our dads are letting us use their tools but we need to buy the seeds, decorations and ect. we never planted a garden before and we want it to look AMAZINGLY AWESOME. can the "green thumbs" give us some tips?

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    3 Responses to “what are some good ideas for making a backyard garden?”

    1. Classy chick Says:

      Your key ingredient to success is the soil. I would take a sample of the dirt to your local nursery and ask them to test the soil for planting. The nursery can then instruct you on what you will need in order the make the dirt as productive as possible. When you are good with the dirt be sure to place your seeds apart from each other in so that the roots have ample room to spread. I would also suggest using some type of fencing (chicken wire) to prevent animals from messing with your garden.. Water and weed and feed and you should be looking real good in a few months time.
      Hope this helped

    2. Martha Z Says:

      2 suggestions, ist start small. don’t make it too big because it will be too much work at once. 2nd, make sure you are close to water. nothing is more of a pain in the rear than lugging water to the garden. make sure the hose will reach your garden area.

    3. gildersleeve Says:

      Try here for starters:
      http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/gardening/

      There are a LOT of other websites on getting started with gardening, too. Sit down at the computer with your friend some afternoon, and start researching and planning.

      One idea I haven’t seen on the web anywhere (so far) is to make little border fences out of twigs and wire. You’ll need a bunch of twigs that are all fairly straight (and a few inches longer than you want the fence to be tall), a coil of wire, some wire snips, and a pair of garden clippers ("secateurs"). The wire should be thin enough to bend easily, but not so thin it’ll break easily as you twist it.

      Cut two lengths of wire, about a yard long, each. Bend them in half. Take one twig and cut it to the length you want the fence-height to be. Lay it into the bend in one of the wires, and twist the wire around the twig near one of the twig’s ends (but not *at* the end) with two fairly tight twists. The twig shouldn’t wiggle too much in the loop of the wire you’ve just made. Repeat this with the other wire, near the other end of the twig. You now have the first "picket" in your twig fence (and four loose ends of wire).

      Now start adding more twigs to the fence in a similar way, but don’t cut these twigs to the right length, yet. Just make sure that, 1) the two sets of twisted wires stay the same distance apart from each other with every twig you add; 2) the twigs are all longer than the first one on BOTH ENDS; and 3) all the twigs end up parallel to each other, to keep the finished fence looking tidy and well-made. If you have to add an extra twist to a wire here and there, and leave out a twist now and then, no problem.

      When your length of fence is complete, turn each of the four wire ends around the last twig-picket, to enclose the twig in a double loop, similar to the single loops you made around the first picket. Weave the wire ends into the fence, heading the wire back towards the first twig.

      Now you can cut all the ends of the over-long twigs to the right length with the secateurs, matching them all to the length of the first twig. Make several shorter lengths of border fence, and you can wire them together out in your garden. Until you build the garden, you can roll these fences up and store them in a garage or garden shed.

      I hope you have fun with your garden(s), and that the twig-fencing-making works well for you, if you decide to try it.

      Good luck!

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