Summertime in Grand Junction produces some of most delicious garden fruits and vegetables in the state. If you’ve ever wanted to start your own garden, there’s no better time than right now to take a look at your home and assess the viability of having your very own garden!


Plenty of real estate in Grand Junction, Fruita, and surrounding areas have a fantastic layout for starting a backyard home garden. To determine if your house is ready for a garden, make sure you have some open outdoor space that gets plenty of sunlight throughout the day. Southern exposure is generally best for gardens since this will allow the most sunlight to hit your growing herbs and veggies.


The next step is to figure out how much room you’re going to need. It’s best to start small and gradually grow your garden from there. A 10 x 10’ raised bed will likely be more than enough space to get started. After all, it’s better to have a small and tidy home garden than a large and unruly one.


In the hot summer climate of the Western Slope, make sure you’ll be able to give your vegetables plenty of water. The closer your home garden is to a water source, the easier it will be for both of you.


Once you’ve picked the perfect spot, built your garden bed, planted and watered your greens, don’t be surprised if you have friends and neighbors coming by to check out (and compliment) your new addition. A beautiful home garden only adds value to your property and saves you money by not having to buy your veggies at the store anymore!


If you follow this handy guide to determine if your house is ready for a garden, you’ll be well on your way to growing your very own organic food!