So, You Think You Want to Start a Garden? Garden Care 101

Having your very own garden can be a great feeling, especially when it looks great. A garden
can fill you with a sense of pride and can add beauty and value to your home. If you are
considering getting started on a garden in your back or front yard, consider these three things
before getting started:
Place
First of all, you need to look around your back yard, front yard, or side yard and decide on a
place to have a garden. You may need to set up some rocks, do a little weeding and bring in
some soil to get the ball rolling. The place you choose should be away from the line of fire of
trampling children or urinating pets. Try to pick a place that gets both sun and shade but is not
in the middle of your yard where it is hard to maneuver around. It’s best to start with a small
garden in the corner of your yard and work from there.
Time
Next, garden care takes time and effort. Most people will dedicate several hours to tilling,
planting, harvesting, watering, pruning and maintaining every season except for winter. You
need to be prepared to put in the work and have that extra hour a week to do so.
Theme
Finally, what kind of garden do you want? There are various garden varieties, all of which can
add an element of style to your outdoor area. Many people will choose to grow their own
vegetable or herb garden as a way to save on their weekly shopping. Some great garden
vegetables include beans, tomatoes, pumpkin, carrots and potatoes. Herb gardens can also be
handy as you can grow your own oregano, chives, cilantro, parsley and much more.
However, flower gardens are still the most popular. Many people will choose to plant flowers
that match their outdoor decorations and furniture. For example, if you have a swimming pool,
then blue flowers can match the water. Or, if you love the colorful reds and pinks, planting roses
may brighten up your outdoor area.
When it comes to flower gardens, most garden beginners will start out with annuals as they are
the easiest to take care of. You will need to water them twice a week and always consult the
directions and sales staff about what your flowers will need. While some flowers love the shade,
others need the sun. These things need to be taken into consideration when considering the
theme of your new garden

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