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Better Home: How to Start a Garden

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Longing for garden-fresh vegetables or a beautiful scenery of rows of flowers to gaze out of your window? The size of your yard will not matter, you can craft a garden plan to fit your needs.

Get an idea of how your garden will be. Will it be a vegetable and herb garden? Or a flower garden? What purpose do you want your garden to serve? Some longs for a functional garden, that can produce fruits and vegetables whereas there are others who prefer ornamental gardens to beautify and provide a pleasing sight of their homes. Vegetable gardens have the highest soil and maintenance requirements. With flower gardens, you can personally style your garden with the type of flowers you want. If you want a garden to be both functional and ornamental, a herb garden can do, they tend to flower beautifully and can be used as teas and food flavoring.

Take a look around your yard and assess the best spot for your garden. Pick a spot to where you want to put your garden, observe how the sun moves across the chosen spot. Place the garden where you can give an attention, and place it close enough to a water spigot, avoid a spot where water stands for awhile after a heavy rain. It should be in a conducive place for the plants to grow healthy and strong. Most plants grow better in a rich, well-drained soil, make a raised bed if your soil is not high quality. Vegetables grow best with a lot of sunlight, choose a spot that is not shaded. As flowers are versatile, choose a spot that there is a partial or full shade.

Remove the sod covering the area you want to plant, clear the ground. Improve the soil, add a two or three-inch layer of compost, decaying leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure this can boost your soil.

Have a garden design. An outline of your garden or yard space will be best, tailor the design to fit the needs of your plant.  Make sure the plants that need shade will be planted on a full or partially shady place and the ones who need a lot of sunlight will be planted in an area that will not be cast by shadows during the day. You have to take account the amount of space each plant will need, to make sure they will fit in the garden after it starts to mature. Flower gardens have to be designed with aesthetics, choose the colors that will look pretty together and make patterns that are pleasing to look at. Design a vegetable garden that can be convenient for you to walk around when the vegetables are ready to harvest.

No yard? You can still have a garden! Have large pots with a quality soil on you can plant flowers, herbs, and certain vegetables. Move the pots around according to the amount of sunlight the plant needs.

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