Gardening Tips For The Beginner Gardner

Growing an excellent garden is something that anybody can learn to do properly. If you heed the right advice, you can build your own fantastic and gorgeous garden even if you don't have a whole lot of space for growing plants available to you.

Tip one and the most important is to start slow. A newer garden is not going to look like an older one for a few years. Anyone with an established garden will tell you how long it took to achieve that look. Trying to build a large garden at first will open the opportunity for frustration and discouragement, so it is much better for the beginner to start small and consistently add through the years. You need to get used to gardening just like you would get used to exercising. Go little by little and eventually it will be easier. Flower gardens can be started to go across the front of the house and maybe trail down the driveway. Vegetable gardens should start out no bigger than 100 square feet.

Another important step in building a garden is to figure out how much space can be used for a garden and what kind of garden to put in the space. If your yard is shady, you should choose plants that thrive in the shade and avoid the ones that don’t. Flowers that need full sun cannot be planted there. If there is a spot in the yard that does get daily sun a garden can be built there. Most plants that need the sun need 6 to 8 hours daily so be sure to observe any spots in the yard that get that type of sunshine. A vegetable garden would require about 6 hours of strong sunlight daily.

Watch for well-drained areas in your yard. That is where you need to place your garden. If you build a garden where water collects your flowers and vegetables won't even have a chance. If the plants sit in water, the roots will rot, and your plants will die. Both flowers and vegetables hate to have wet roots.

Go to the local nursery or discount store and pick up a soil testing kit. Follow the directions on the box to find out if your soil is too alkaline or has too much acid in it. If either is true, you must add nutrients to the ground. Just take the test to the garden center and ask them what you need to do. They can give you valuable information about what needs to be done before you plant anything.

Avoid buying seed packages the first year you build a garden. Most seeds need to be started indoors in the winter so that they grow and are big enough to plant when the time is right. Purchase already grown plants to plant at the end of spring and do this with both vegetables and with flowers. Look on-line to see the planting instructions for all plants you wish to put in the garden.

Weeding, watering, and feeding are necessary to make a great looking garden. Taking care of your plants can be equated with caring for a child in some sense. You need to watch over it and give it all it needs to grow. Take a walk daily through your garden to see if any bugs are eating the leaves and fruit of your toil. Watch for diseases that may overtake your garden. Weed at least every week because if you don't your garden will not survive and it will look terrible as well. Feeding the garden with plant food on a periodic basis is also necessary to keep your garden producing both flowers and vegetables.

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