Where to Build Your Slant-Roof Greenhouse

So you just received your new Slant-Roof Greenhouse and now have to decide where to put it. You may have a beautiful location in mind, but before you begin assembly…it’s important to make a few considerations. Below we’ve compiled 3 tips for selecting the ideal greenhouse location.

1) Full Sun: 

Because your greenhouse is meant to thrive in full sun, it’s vital to not place your greenhouse in a shaded location. If your location is limited to full sun, we highly suggest trimming nearby trees to help attain enough direct sun. Not only will the sun need to shine directly above your greenhouse, but it will also need clearance to transmit through the sidewalls. Direct sun will ensure that your plants receive adequate heat energy year-round. Attaining enough full sun is especially important if you have an AVM system.

 

2) Near Your Home & Water Access:

It is particularly important to ensure that your greenhouse location is near a hosing system to make tending to your plants convenient. Especially in Fall and Winter, having your greenhouse in close proximity will increase enjoyment and usability year-round.

If you live somewhere where it snows a lot, make sure to leave plenty of room in the back for snow to be knocked off the roof and accumulate on the ground before cleaning.

 

3) Positioning – East to West:

For optimal light transit time, you want your greenhouse situated East to West from side to side. We recommend positioning your greenhouse east to west you’ll ensure that your greenhouse doesn’t get overheated in the summer. This direction setup will also provide the most sunlight during winter when sunlight hours are limited. If you bought the AVM Solar Ventilation System then the solar panel is optimally facing South with a clear unobstructed view of the sun. 

 

Prone to Heavy Winds?

Every greenhouse order comes with 4 sets of D-Ring Brackets and mounting hardware needed to stake your greenhouse with ground anchors. Conditional to the soil in your area, ground anchors can be purchased on Amazon to connect to your greenhouse. For guidance on which ground anchoring method is best for your area, refer to our video below!

 

Tie-Down Kit Instructional Video

If you live in an area that experiences higher than 40 mph winds, we recommend utilizing the tie-down kit that comes included in your Slant-Roof Greenhouse purchase. In this video, we cover ground anchoring options that work best for your location and instruct how to properly install your tie-down kit to your new greenhouse. If the embed below is not working or you prefer to watch the videos directly on YouTube, click here.

Live On An Incline?

Prior to building, we recommend creating a padded area of either crushed granite or other compact ground.  You can also build a platform using landscape or cinder blocks to create a level ground for your greenhouse location. A level ground to build your greenhouse on will ensure the best insulation year-round against weather elements and unwanted pests. 

We hope you found these tips helpful as you begin assembling your new greenhouse! Have questions or comments regarding anything mentioned in this article? Please feel free to email us at support@roostandroot.com or give us a call at 877-741-2667.

How to Prepare Your Greenhouse for Spring

Spring is here and with it comes a list of to-do’s to ensure that everything is in place as you prepare for the growing season. To help you prepare your most reliable growing environment, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tasks to consider to ensure that your greenhouse is well prepared to meet your gardening goals this Spring.

Have Shade Cloth Available

What makes the greenhouse an ideal growing environment is its ability to maintain warmth. However, depending on where you are located, the concentrated heat doesn’t always play favorably for every type of plant. To control heat distribution we’ve created a greenhouse shade cloth to alter the diffusion of light reaching your plants. Shade cloth significantly cools your structure all while still providing the necessary light needed for optimal plant growth. If you live in an area with unpredictable weather, it’s a great idea to have shade cloth in stock. To protect your more light-sensitive plants, select from 40% or 60% of long-lasting polypropylene weaved cloth. Have a Slant-Roof Greenhouse, but forgot to order shade cloth? Give us a call at 877-741-2667.

Clean if Needed

Unlike glass greenhouses that require harsh chemical cleaners, our Slant-Roof Greenhouse uses polycarbonate which is both more resistant to damage and easier to clean. Simply use mild dishwashing liquid, water, and a non-abrasive sponge to wipe off any collection of outside dust or pollen from your panels or roof.

Tidy up, Reconfigure, or Add Shelving

Depending on the type of ground you have your greenhouse placed on, whether that is a cement platform, gravel, or dirt, you’ll likely have to do some sweeping or leveling of your ground space. Now is also the best time to reconsider any shelving reconfigurations that will best suit your needs both for space and efficiency. Our favorite part of our Slant-Roof Greenhouse is the ability to not only allow for generous shelving but also raised garden bed accommodation that beautifully matches the greenhouse itself. Shelving options are plentiful from major retailers such as Ikea and Home Depot, or you can choose to construct something unique for your space using items such as CMU blocks and wood. 

Supply or Clean New Potting Material & Items

If you have seedling trays, large plastic or terracotta containers, then it’s important to clean out each container prior to starting a new round of seeds to prevent introducing anything harmful. 

– For Terracotta pots simply brushing off any dirt with a hard-bristled brush and water should be enough. If there was an aphid, spider mite, or plant disease, we suggest doing a deep clean or replacing the pot. 

– To clean plastic seedling trays or containers, simply rinse with mild soapy water. You can also spritz some hydrogen peroxide for an additional boost of clean. 

We hope you enjoyed reading our article on how to prepare your greenhouse for Spring! For more backyard farming tips, check out our helpful blog posts written to help backyard farmers, like you, succeed.

Have questions or comments regarding anything mentioned in this blog post? Please feel free to email us at support@roostandroot.com or give us a call at 877-741-2667. We’re real people and are always happy to help.

Why where you buy your plants matters

One of the most exciting parts of beginning your backyard farming journey is the ability to select and grow what you love! As you begin the search for plants to occupy your raised garden beds or Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ your search may begin at your local big box store garden center, local nursery, or even online. But does it truly matter where you buy your plants? 

Although you are guaranteed to find great finds at all these locations, the biggest factor separating each comes down to plant quality and at times price. Although it may seem simple to buy a plant solely based on its growth at the time of purchase, there are a number of determinants beyond the leaves and petals that will determine how your new garden addition grows. To help we share 3 key differences between buying plants locally, both from small and large-scale locations. We hope that by the end of this quick article you’ll feel more confident and well-aware of how choosing where to buy your plants can make a great deal of a difference in your gardening goals from the start. 

Why where you source your plants matters

Soil:

One of the largest factors separating each plant seller will come down to the soil used. Perlite, an organic white crumbled rock used to aerate most soil mixtures is common in all plants stores. However, although easy to spot in plants, there are artificial perlite alternatives, such as styrofoam, commonly being used. One way to easily check is by trying to crumble the perlite between your fingers. Styrofoam, although cheaper, doesn’t break down and will often make it easier to waterlog your potted plants.

Oftentimes our intention for backyard farming is to produce homegrown organic veggies and fruits. However, without intention, we may still be handling pesticides found in our soil choice or seeds. Neonicotinoids, a widely used pesticide that is known to be toxic to bees, may commonly be found in potting soil.  When found on seeds, this pesticide works its way to the pollen of your flowering plants. The use of Neonicotinoids is often disclosed on plants and potting soils. 

 

Sourcing:

Often with big box stores, plants are sourced from large-scale growers around the country before being shipped near you. When purchased in bulk, the savings are often passed down to you at a lower cost. As is the case with many large operations, efficiency is top of mind, and with that comes some lack of care in the form of lower grade soil mixtures that are best replaced immediately. Once replaced it will often take time for your plants to acclimate to their new soil conditions. Plants sourced from afar tend to be less cared for during their expedition, often resulting in hidden root damage. 

When buying locally, you may find that prices range higher, however, the quality you receive will far exceed your expectations. Local nurseries will oftentimes already have ideal soil mixed plants that will eliminate the need for immediate repotting. In addition, your plants will be well adjusted to your environment as opposed to those that may have been grown and shipped over various state lines from locations whose climate varies greatly from yours. 

 

Service:

For small independent nurseries and plant shop owners, plant care is an enjoyable and loved experience. Owners and employers are more likely to better care for plants to their preferred conditions. Additionally, they’ll have extensive knowledge to share to further assist you in reaching your gardening goals and needs. Additionally, plants are tended to accordingly to maximize lifetime and growth by small nurseries.

At big-brand stores, employees routinely water hundreds of plants, often without awareness of the best methods for long-term plant health. Hence, plant turnovers are also more common and quick in large stores. Oftentimes it’s also difficult to find genuine plant care recommendations if you are a beginner. 

As you begin or continue your backyard farming journey, adding new plant additions is an activity that is bound to happen often. Whether you choose to shop small or big, it’s important to note that the success of your plant will always begin with a great quality find. We hope you found this quick and informative blog by us helpful as you continue your backyard farming journey. Have questions or comments regarding anything mentioned in this blog post? Please feel free to email us at support@roostandroot.com or give us a call at 877-741-2667.

How to Prepare your Greenhouse for Fall

Fall is here and soon enough, depending on where you live, leaves will fall and temperatures will drop. As you begin to relocate plants inside your Fall greenhouse or even begin new seedlings, there are a number of tips that will help you transition smoothly into Fall and Winter. To help prepare you to make the most of the new season, we’ve compiled a list of handy tips to reference below. 

Fall/Winter with the Slant-Roof Greenhouse™

Before we jump into our guided tips, let’s first share a bit more about how our greenhouse fares in the cooler seasons. Built with Polycarbonate, the panels of the greenhouse do not get brittle in the cold. Period. The greenhouse will heat up during the daytime from sunlight. May rise 40 degrees F or more than the outside temperature. At night, it will hold some of the heat from the daytime, but cool off considerably because of no sun. At all times, the greenhouse protects from wind chill. 

When it comes to snow load, the 25° pitch roof should in many circumstances shed snow on its own, especially if the interior warms up significantly during the day or supplemental heat is used to avoid freezing. If significant amounts of snow accumulate, we would recommend periodically knocking it off. The back edge of the roof is extended enough that we expect the snow that slides off to not pack against the back wall. We load tested the roof with #800 lbs of sandbags equally distributed and it deflected an acceptable amount. Solar panel snow accumulation should be monitored and safely removed periodically as well. 

 

Fall or Winter Greenhouse with Snow

 

Heating Systems:

Depending on your location and crops, a heater will not only help deter frost from your growing plants but make for a comfortable time as you tend to your indoor crop. As with any use of heat conductive devices, it’s important to select a heater that will limit fire risk. To help shop for the ideal heater, we’ve collected a buyer’s guide to help below.

Types of heaters to use?

With a square footage of less than 100 sq. ft, heating the Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ doesn’t require much wattage to warm the space. When selecting a greenhouse heater, we suggest steering away from gas heating to prevent any risk. Heaters with tip-over and over-heating shut-off functions are ideal to reduce concern. 

When narrowing down heater options, it is best to avoid infrared space heaters as they often aim to heat up objects and not entire spaces. Ideally, heaters with fans will prevent overheating any specific area too much. If you experience fluctuating cold temperatures through Fall & Winter, you may prefer heaters that have a thermostatic control to adjust heat accordingly while limiting energy use.

What to Continue Or Start Growing:

What you choose to grow within your greenhouse during the Fall & Winter greatly depends on the plant’s hardiness, daily temperatures, and whether or not your greenhouse will be heated. Fall/Winter favorites include a number of hardy greens and root vegetables. Below are a few of our favorites, as with each, there are a number of varieties that perform differently. Based on your preference and location we recommend researching and selecting a variety that you’ll love. 

Winter Root Vegetables:

Onions

Shallots

Garlic

Potatoes

Turnips

Hardy Greens:

Kale

Cabbage

Spinach

Broccoli

Brussel Sprouts

Watering:

Whereas Summer and Spring bring forth the possibility of underwatering, Fall and Winter bring forth accidental overwatering. With less sunlight after the Fall equinox, it becomes preferable to water in the middle of the day when it’s typically the warmest. 

It’s important to note that many plants go dormant in the winter and will take longer to dry, requiring much less water. When choosing how much to water your plants, be careful not to soak your plants, especially when freezing temperatures are expected at night. It’s also best to be more cautious about your watering method, as wet leaves will easily lead to frost damage. Depending on what you are growing, we advise referring to your plant’s recommended watering needs and adjusting a watering schedule accordingly.

Nonelectric Heat Boosting Options:

Despite being unheated, your greenhouse will still greatly protect your growing veggies. However, there are additional care tips that will further ensure your plant’s protection in the harshest of winters. 

Horticulture Fleece:

Depending on your nightly temperatures, you may choose to add horticulture fleece to provide extra warmth. Based on where you live, we recommend carefully selecting a fleece thickness that best suits your local temperatures. 

Relocating Compost:

If you have an ongoing composter, moving it in your greenhouse is a natural way to not only encourage its continued breakdown but also heat your greenhouse naturally. A composter in your Winter/ Fall greenhouse will also help you enter the spring season with some great natural fertilizer to kick off the warm season. 

Mulching:

Much like a blanket, applying mulch after the first hard freeze will help insulate your cold season crops. No more than 3 inches of mulch should protect your crop well into the cool season.  A few types of organic mulch options may range from straw, fallen leaves, pine needles, or wood chips.

We hope you found these tips helpful for your backyard farming journey. Have questions or comments regarding anything mentioned in this blog post? Please feel free to email us at support@roostandroot.com or give us a call at 877-741-2667.

How To Use A Greenhouse In The Summer

It’s a common misconception to believe that greenhouses can only be used in the Fall and Winter seasons. After all, they are meant to keep your plants from freezing while also giving your next season crop a growing head start. However, Summer gardening can be just as beneficial if you understand how to utilize your greenhouse potential! By following a few of our tips below, you can learn how to use your warmest of seasons to increase your crop yields without retiring your greenhouse for the season.

Only Grow Heat Tolerant Plants

There is a myriad of backyard garden favorites that do wonderful in a greenhouse. Most of which are the same Spring plants you already love! Based on our own experience gardening in Texas (zone 8b), succulents and perennials still grow successfully inside despite the warm heat. However, to take full advantage of your summer season, we suggest growing the following heat-loving plants during the middle to end of summer to allow for continued growth well into the fall season. 

Fruit: Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, and peppers

Herbs: Chives, parsley, sage, oregano, thyme, and marjoram to name a few

 

Utilize Greenhouse Ventilation

Greenhouse ventilation is critical during every season, especially in the summer. To help allow adequate airflow throughout your greenhouse, manually leave your greenhouse vents and door open if possible. Often simply doing so will easily prevent overheating inside your greenhouse during summer. For greenhouses such as ours, you can opt to add a magnetic screen door to deteer any unwanted visitors. 

An even greater addition to airflow during the summer months is an active ventilation system to automate air circulation in your greenhouse to bring in CO2 and help control temperature/humidity. Ventilation will also allow for your favorite pollinators to make a visit inside your greenhouse to help your crop thrive.

 

Use Shade Cloth

Extra sun concentration is wonderful in the winter but come summer you’ll need some shade to help cool things down both for you and your plants. Shade cloth is an excellent and often utilized addition to all greenhouses. Available in various densities, shade cloth will prevent any UV concentration from reaching your plants, cooling your greenhouse significantly. Depending on what you decide to grow, and your heat index, the density of shade cloth you use will vary. The density we most commonly use is 60%. Shade cloth can be left on at all times during the summer without causing any harm to your growing plants.

 

Cool Your Ground Space 

Looking for ways to additionally cool your greenhouse quickly and temporarily, and have a dirt/gravel base? Try lightly spraying the ground with cool water to drop the inside temperature of your greenhouse. Although temporary, simply doing so when you’re watering plants will make a helpful difference in temperature. 

 

Greenhouse Watering Tips:

It’s important to consistently monitor your plants’ water levels when gardening in a greenhouse during summer. When choosing an ideal time to water, we recommend doing so early in the morning to allow for your plants to dry. Oftentimes your plants inside won’t dry as fast as your outdoor plants, therefore it’s important to carefully monitor your plants before watering.

We hope you found these tips helpful for your backyard farming journey. Have questions or comments regarding anything mentioned in this blog post? Please feel free to email us at support@roostandroot.com or give us a call at 877-741-2667.

5 Uses for Your Greenhouse Other than Gardening

Greenhouses are as useful as they are beautiful! And you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy one…their myriad of possibilities will inspire you. Here are our 5 favorite uses for a greenhouse aside from gardening!

Backyard Glamping

Camping in your backyard can be a great deal of fun, especially for younger children. Take the frequent kid-loved sleepover to be enjoyed inside the greenhouse. Prefer a more comfortable way to spend the night looking up at the stars? You’ll love looking up at the night sky from within a greenhouse. Camping inside your greenhouse can be a luxurious and fun way to enjoy your backyard space. Touch up your greenhouse to be an elegant space, without the concern of possums, or skunks making a visit! 

 

Fall/Winter Time Relaxation

Staying indoors can be tiresome during colder months. Instead of remaining inside your home, allow your greenhouse to be a warm retreat for fresh air and sunlight. Taking outdoor activities into your greenhouse can be an excellent way to enjoy activities such as drinking hot cocoa, carving pumpkins, or reading. 

Roost & Root Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ (raised gardens sold separately)
Roost & Root Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ (raised gardens sold separately)

Greenhouse Wellness Space

Gardening in itself can be a zen-filled practice, just like yoga and meditation. If you prefer a bit of outdoor privacy or a warmer setting to enjoy your practice, a greenhouse can be a wonderful location. You can level a flooring space for your mat, include your favorite plants, and perhaps a table for tea. Have your very own dedicated outdoor wellness space to block out neighborhood distractions as you take in deep breaths of fresh air and practice your vinyasa. 

Hobby Studio

It can be difficult at times to find peace and quiet in your home to practice or study. Rather than remaining inside, consider making your greenhouse your seasonal outdoor space to focus on particular activities. Your greenhouse can be dedicated to your favorite hobbies as well as be a source of creative inspiration and peace. Choose to practice an instrument or improve your painting skills in your personal retreat. If you teach school lessons at home, consider taking an in-home lesson outdoors for your children to enjoy.

Entertainment Area

Looking to take group activities outdoors? Consider moving your book club or picnic inside your greenhouse to enjoy your time outdoors, minus the annoyance of pesky bugs. You can spend your morning brunch or afternoon coffee/wine with friends or family. Your greenhouse can also be an encouraging way to bring any screen-loving kiddos outdoors to enjoy sunlight without any fuss. Regardless of how you enjoy spending time outdoors, your greenhouse can be the ideal location to enjoy your serene outdoor space. 

Perhaps you choose to dedicate your space to one of the following ideas or maybe rotate to try each one! However you choose to spend time within your greenhouse, you’re certain to enjoy its ability to be a varied space of outdoor relaxation.  

We hope you find our blog post helpful as you consider your backyard opportunities. For help in learning more about our Slant-Roof Greenhouse™ or gardening, make sure to visit our other blog posts! Have a question regarding what was mentioned in this article? Reach out to us! We’re real people and enjoy helping avid and or beginning gardeners everywhere! support@roostandroot.com, phone: 877-741-2667.

7 Advantages to Greenhouse Gardening

Gardening doesn’t have to be an activity to admire and enjoy only in the spring and summer months. Whether you wish to start your garden early or keep your prized plants away from any outside pests, greenhouses have a number of advantages! Learn below 7 ways that greenhouse gardening can increase your gardening success, year after year!

Longer Growing Season

A longer growing season is one of the biggest advantages to greenhouse gardening, especially if you experience shorter warm seasons. Gardening in a greenhouse allows anyone to garden well into winter despite any freezing temperatures. Starting late into a season will also have no effect on your indoor crop. Interested in knowing what crops work best in your gardening zone? Make sure to refer to this gardening zone chart! 

 

Fewer Pest Problems

Live in an area prone to visits from hungry pests such as deer, moles, and squirrels? Keep your favorite crops protected inside your greenhouse and away from any tempted pests. If seasonal visits from insects are common in your backyard environment, you may easily relocate your favorite plants inside. In addition, if found, you can easily eliminate any bug from your Greenhouse through the use of simple traps. 

 

Expand your Variety

Choosing what to grow in your greenhouse all comes down to preference. Greenhouse gardening will allow you to successfully grow even your most delicate plants, such as roses or orchids. Looking for more inspiration on the extensive number of plants that can thrive in a greenhouse? Refer to this list of vegetables and ornamental favorites!

 

Greenhouse Weather Protection

An unfortunate, but common occurrence that arises when gardening is inclement weather. Whether in the form of hail or flooding, one unforeseen day in your forecast may cause you to reconstruct your garden completely. Rather than having to look outside your window and endure the inclement weather pouring down on your sprouting flowers and vegetables, you can rest more easily knowing that the time put into growing your crop is safeguarded in a greenhouse.

 

Save Money on Produce

Have you ever noticed how out-of-season fruits or vegetables tend to be higher priced? This is partially due to weather conditions in the state or country of import as well as transportation costs. Instead of paying out-of-season prices, recoup your savings by growing your own fruits and vegetables year-round. Never worry about out-of-season favorites and continue enjoying your favorite vegetables regardless of environmental factors that are out of your control. 

 

Higher Gardening Success

Developing gardening skills can be timely yet rewarding, however, practicing and elevating your craft can be difficult, especially when you’re limited to the outdoor conditions in your area. Greenhouse gardening allows you to test your green thumb with a myriad of flowers and vegetables, regardless of your forecast. Greenhouse gardening also allows for you to successfully sprout your seasonal favorites before transplanting them outdoors for their optimal seasons. 

 

Control Plant Health

When it comes to producing high yields of plants or flowers, some agricultural farmers will depend on fertilizers and sometimes pesticides to ensure that crop yields are met and protected. When it comes to being conscious about what ultimately makes its way to your dinner table, you may prefer to organically grow your own food. You can make a decision on how your favorite vegetables and fruit are produced and have a greater impact on your plant’s health by choosing to garden in a greenhouse. 

We hope you enjoyed learning the various advantages that come with investing in your very own backyard greenhouse. If you ever have any questions regarding anything mentioned in our blog post, reach out to us! We’re real people and are always happy to help. 

Looking for more gardening advice and help? Make sure to visit our blog post “Raised Vegetable Gardening for Beginners” or “5 Ways Raised Vegetable Gardens Can Increase Your Gardening Success“.

 

Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners

Raised garden beds are loved by new and experienced backyard gardeners everywhere, and the reasons are plentiful! The feasibility of harvesting, soil control, and drainage are just a few of our favorite raised garden bed aspects. If you are new to raised bed gardening, there are a number of important factors to consider before beginning! Follow our helpful beginner-raised garden bed recommendations below to help start and reach your backyard gardening goals!

Garden Bed Depth:

Common garden bed depths will come in at either 6” or 14-16” deep. Deep-rooted plants will require more space for roots to expand. Shallow garden beds will do just fine for shorter root systems. To ensure you have enough depth in your raised garden bed, it’s important to plan which vegetables you will be growing. Make sure to plant the following options according to their recommended planting depth.

If planting in a 6” inch deep garden bed, aim to plant low rooting herbs, leafy vegetables, or small root vegetables in these more shallow garden beds. Our favorite plant recommendations include Arugula, leeks, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, and thyme.

If planting in a 14-16” inch deep garden bed, you will have more choices as to which plants you can grow. If you have a wide base model garden bed, you can grow popular vine plants such as beans, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and summer squash around the edges of your garden bed to allow vine plants to hang over the edges of your bed or climb any structured wire fencing. Among other plants, we also recommend beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, garlic, kale, swiss chard, turnips. If you are looking to add some chicken-loved plants, you can include Lavender, Rosemary, and Sage, all of which provide excellent health benefits to your flock. For more chicken-friendly options, visit our blog post 8 Chicken Healthy Herbs To Grow Next to Your Coop. 

 

Roost and Root Cedar, Food Grade Safe, Raised Garden Bed

 

Plant Companions:

Take into consideration any compatible companion plants, especially when considering vined vegetables which will overtake any fragile neighboring plants. Companion planting will allow your plants to share nutrients and ward off any unwanted pests. Some planting flowers, such as Marigolds, can help deter particular beetles and worms that are planted near the right vegetables, such as potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. However, if not careful some plant considerations can stunt growth or spread both diseases and pests to your crop. For example, planting herbs near cucumbers will oftentimes impede growth! 

Choosing a Location:

Make sure to place your Raised Garden Beds carefully in one permanent location. Place your garden beds in a flood-prone area that receives 8 or more hours of full sun. Additionally, make sure to place your garden bed in a location that is easily accessible by a watering hose. 

Prior to filling in the area with dirt, make sure to remove any grass and loosen the dirt to improve drainage. Loosening the dirt will also allow your deeper rooting vegetables to grow deeper without difficulty. You can choose to leave the bottom of your newly loosened dirt as is before adding your soil mixture or you can place a flooring to keep burrowing animals or weeds out. Flooring options can include landscape fabric, cardboard, or wire mesh. 

Soil Composition:

Before you begin planting any seeds or transitioning any potted plants, establishing your soil composition is important in creating a healthy ecosystem for your plants to grow in. There are a number of soil ingredients available and recommended to build the right soil mixture for your growing garden. The top-recommended soil combinations always include 50% of high-quality topsoil, compost (either homemade or store-bought), and a low percentage of optional potting soil or a mixture of organic material.

The soil recipe you choose will come down to your preference, price range, and local availability. Once you’ve decided on a soil mixture, make sure to add a light layer of mulch to the very top, this can be from 1″ to 3″ inches. Depending on the mulch material you use, too much mulch will prevent water from reaching your crop and too little won’t keep weeds away or keep your soil cool. 

We hope you find these first-time backyard gardening tips helpful as you begin your backyard farming journey! If you ever have any questions regarding anything that is mentioned in this blog post, reach out to us at 877-741-2667 or email us at support@roostandroot.com.

For more raised garden bed help, visit our blog post 5 Ways Raised Garden Beds Can Increase Your Gardening Success.

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