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3 Steps for Setting Up a Home Garden

By Malcolm Rivers

A home garden can be a fantastic investment for your yard. With a home garden you can grow food used to feed your family or create beautiful flower arrangements to show off to neighbors or enjoy for yourself. Home gardens can also be investments; when considering selling or renting a home or apartment a beautiful garden can make a huge impression. A well tended garden can be an enjoyable hobby; many enjoy wiling away the hours, hands and knees in the dirt, watering and seeding and weeding and picking. For those with the green thumb, or just the inclination, gardening can be fun. With all of that said, moving from 'why to have a garden' to 'how to have a garden' is the next essential step. The three most important parts of setting up a home garden are location, soil and prospective plants.

Garden Location

Location, location, location. Understanding where to plant your garden is one of the most important parts of setting it up. Plants need several things and the location of your garden can have an effect, positive or negative, on the degree to which the plants get what they need. Planting your garden in an area in which they can easily absorb sunlight is important for helping the plants to grow. Plants also need water, maintenance and occasional reseeding. Planting your garden somewhere that allows you to uproot weeds, water plants and engage in other maintenance tasks is key in facilitating the garden's growth. Set up your garden when your plants can get access to sunlight and water and where you will have easy access to each plant to handle any necessary procedures.

Soil

Soil is a crucial element of planting anything. For plant to grow well the soil they're in must contain proper nutrients, moisture and be well tended. When considering where to plant your garden you must evaluate locations based on soil and then perform basic soil maintenance. To check to see if an area is appropriate you can do soil tests, yourself or with the help of professionals, to see how well different types of plants can grow in those conditions. Obviously some of this will be dependent on your goals for your garden; which types of plants you want to grow, how many you want to grow, for what purpose you want to grow them and the like. Some other factors are the health of your yard and your level of experience in growing. Once you've got an idea of what you want out of your garden and how healthy the soil is, its important to being basic soil maintenance. Maintaining soil isn't complicated or difficult but it does require consistency before a garden may be able to grow healthily in a given area.

Choosing what to Plant

Plants come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of needs, uses, and types of care. What you'll decide to plant will depend, in large part, on your goals for your garden. Once you've got an idea of what you want out of the garden, its time to the research that will allow you to plant your produce with the appropriate spacing, seeding, soil composition and other considerations.

This is just the beginning of the beautiful garden that you can create if you so choose. Using these ideas you can begin the process of working to put together a successful garden. Your own situation will dictate what makes sense of your to do so, as always, do your own research and find out what's best for your specific living situation. Good luck and enjoy!

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In 2005, Malcolm attended Harvard University where he received his Bachelors of Arts...

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