Tips for Designing a Garden

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February

Where to Put Your Garden

Where you put your garden is a very important decision. Vegetable plants like full sun so you need to put your garden in the sunniest location you can find. Planting vegetables in a shady spot will cause you much frustration and disappointment when they don’t grow and produce as you would like.

How to Prepare Your Garden for Planting

If you are planting in an area without any grass or weeds that is mainly dirt, you are a step ahead for you won’t have to remove sod or other plants to make room for the garden. You can borrow or rent a tiller to loosen up the soil. If the area has grass, you can use a sod cutter to remove the grass before you use the tiller.

Before you till, you can add amendments to the soil to improve it. This can be compost, fertilizer, manure or other items to make the soil more productive.

You want to make sure your garden will be within reach of your garden hose so you can water the garden as needed.

What to Plant in Your Garden

Two main points you should consider in deciding what to plant in your garden. What do you like to eat and what grows well in your climate. The first question is easy for you know what you or your family likes to eat. You should also consider what your neighbors or co-workers might like, since if done right, your garden may very well produce a surplus of vegetables that you can share with many people. Sharing the bounty of your garden is often more fun than eating it yourself.

To find out what grows well in your area, you can look around at other gardens to see what is doing well. You can also ask other gardeners what they usually grow. Another clue as to what does well is looking at what the local stores put out for sale during the spring. They are not likely to offer things that do not well in your climate.

Things to Do During the Growing Season

The three most important things to do while your garden is growing are:

1. Keep it watered
2. Pull weeds and kill or remove them
3. Watch for pests or damage to plants and spray accordingly

Your plants need water. Nature seldom rains on a perfect cycle for your garden so you will need to water your plants every few days or so if it hasn’t rained during that time.

Weeds can be a major pest in your garden. You need to stay on top of weeds and pull them frequently. If you don’t, your plants will be competing for water and possibly even for sunlight with these weeds.

Different types of fungus or other disease sometimes attacks the plants. If this happens, pull a few of the affected leaves to see what the problem is. You can search the Internet to find out or take the leaves to a nursery where a plant expert can probably tell you right away what the problem is. The expert will then recommend a course of treatment and spraying to correct the problem or mitigate the damage.

When to Harvest Your Garden

You need to harvest your vegetables as they become ripe. Leaving ripe vegetables on the plants longer than necessary is risky. The risk is that the vegetables could be eaten by animals or insects or damaged by the weather. For fall vegetables, you should harvest before the first frost damages the vegetables. If you pick more vegetables than you get eat, you have some options. You may can or freeze the extra for use during the winter months. Or you can give away or donate the excess. Besides friends and family, food shelters always are in need of quality fresh vegetables and will be grateful for your gift.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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