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How to Start a Home Garden

How to Start a Home Garden

A garden can be a lot of work, but it is also enjoyable to work on and ultimately very rewarding. Here are some helpful tips for those thinking of starting and maintaining a home garden:

1.) Choose plants you like.
Never feel obligated to grow a plant that you don't like, even if it may seem traditional or expected to grow a certain plant that you dislike. Gardening should be done for one's enjoyment, so make sure that you will be happy with your result.

2.) Find the right space.
Make sure that you have enough space designated for your garden. Prepare an appropriately sized area, and make sure it gets plenty of sun. The space should also have good soil; if it does not have good soil, simply add fertilizer.

3.) Make do with what you have.
If you have limited space, make sure that the plants you choose are relatively small. This way, each plant won't encroach on the space that its neighbors need to grow.

4.) Group plants strategically.
Arrange your plants by height. Not only will doing this contribute positively to the aesthetic of your garden, but it will prevent taller plants from towering over shorter plants, hiding them from view and blocking them from the sun's rays.

5.) Label your plants.
Be sure to label everything you grow, so you know what is! It is nice to know which flowers are which, and very useful to know the identities of the edible plants you grow.

6.) Weed your garden.
Remove all weeds from the area in which you plan to plant, and be sure to maintain a weed-free space as your plants grow.

7.) Use garden stakes.
Stake up plants that creep to ensure that they do not encroach on the space that any neighboring plants may need.

8.) Consider spacing.
Plant seedlings with plenty of room. Plants start small, but require adequate space into which to grow and from which to derive the nutrients they need.

9.) Protect your garden from animals.
Use a small chicken-wire fence to protect your garden from unwanted visits from critters. There is little more frustrating than spending months tending your crops, only to have them destroyed right before it is time to pick.

10.) Do not over or under water your crops.
Most know that under-watering seedlings can stunt their growth, but over-watering is also harmful. If you over-water your plants, they will not develop the strong root system that they require to flourish. If you start by over watering the plants will not develop the strong root system required for the plants to flourish. If you underwater seedlings their growth will be stunted.

Of course, the most important advice to offer is to enjoy yourself! Remember that gardening should be fun, not work.

About the Author:
Maddison Hendrix is a long time gardner and shares her knowledge in educational articles at Perennial Gardens http://www.perennial-gardens.com and Butterfly Gardens http://www.butterfly-gardens.com

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