How To Start a Home Garden

Home gardening is such an enjoyable past time.  It can provide you with beauty, food, cover for pets, and much more.  I have started many home gardens near different homes and have helped many friends too.  There are only a few special considerations to keep in mind when starting a garden.

Do you want a permanent, low maintenance shrubbery type garden or an annual “begin from scratch each year” garden?  If you war just thinking of building a windbreak or visual barrier between you and the neighbors house, I would suggest going to the local garden supply center and looking at their plants.  My area of expertise is in vegetable and flower gardening.  My joy every spring is to cruise the seed catalogues looking for what will be my next years garden.

To start a home garden from scratch first you must decide on a location.  Something out of the traveled path is good so that no one will ‘shortcut’ through your garden.  Proximity to the house is important too.  If you are moving water to your garden without a hose it is very important to be close to the sink.  Once you have decided on a location and approximate size you need to till the ground and add fertilizer.  Tilling can be tedious if using a shovel.  Ideally, the soil should be able to sift through your fingers like sand (but hopefully not be all sand).  You may want to buy some soil (which you may have guessed: is cheap as dirt) to supplement any clayey or sandy soil.

Next step is to pick out seeds or plants from the nursery.  Plants can be something that you buy already hearty and just plop them in the ground.  As much as I enjoy starting tomatoes from seeds that I save, it usually tempts me enough to buy a hearty plant in the store.  They usually produce fruit first.

My seed order is usually around twenty dollars plus S&H.  I always get more than I need so that I can try some the next year if it works out especially well.  One year I found purple carrot seeds.  I couldn’t resist and planted most of the packet.  They were a bumper crop and I was giving the weird things away.  They had purple outsides and very orange insides.  They garnished beautifully.  Short story long, I had just a few seeds left over and have not been able to find them since, so it is a darn good thing that I kept some for the next year.

After planting, the only thing to do is to make sure that there is at least one inch of water per week provided either by rain or you.  Keep the weeds pulled and enjoy your home garden.

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