Just because you were not born with a green thumb does not mean you can’t develop one! A flourishing garden provides a sense of satisfaction. As flowers, plants, and vegetables grow, they provide decoration and food to the table and a sense of relaxation regarding care. Whether you live in the city or country, follow these tips to make your garden beautiful.
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Step 1: Determine how much sunlight your garden plot receives each day and select plantings accordingly. For example, tomatoes require at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day, while some other plants flourish in the shade. Herbs make excellent additions to vegetable gardens because they are perennials and are easy to grow.
Step 2: Plan the garden so each plant will have its particular needs met. If possible, lay out the area so the rows face east. This prevents tall plants from providing shade to lower plants. Each plant will receive the same amount of sunlight each day. Sketch the layout of the garden on a piece of paper so you will not forget it.
Step 3: Test the soil to determine its special needs for growing plants. A home soil test checks pH balance of soil, classifying it as sweet (in correct balance), sour (acidic), or bitter (alkaline). Plants can grow in unbalanced soil but unless the balance is adjusted, optimum results will not be achieved. In addition, some plants grow better in specific soil conditions, such as broccoli in alkaline soil.
Step 4: The garden plot should be prepared in the fall using a plow or rototiller. This way, winter frost can break up the clumps of soil into a base. When spring arrives, simply rake the plot to remove stones and sod clumps or rototill to prepare soil for planting.
Step 5: Begin plants indoors during late winter. Seed packets are generally available starting in February. Purchase soil and seed trays and place the trays in a sunny location after planting the seeds.