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Gardening For Beginners

Aug 22, 2007
Deciding on the type of garden you wish to grow will depend on a number of factors. You will need to take all sorts of issues in to consideration when deciding on the nature of your garden. For instance, how much room do you have to create your garden? If you live in a house with a large yard and plenty of room to devote to your plants, the type of garden you grow will be very different from the garden of someone who lives in an apartment with only a window box or small balcony for their plants.

What zone do you live in? Throughout America, there are different temperate zones which will give you a guide to the type of plants that will do well in various areas. Study your zone and select plants for your area.

How much time do you have to plant the garden and devote to it? If you are planning a garden for long enjoyment and to watch grow over the years, you have plenty of time. But perhaps you are getting your house ready to sell and want to plant a new garden to enhance your chances of a good sale. If so you don't have a lot of time. Also you may only be able to devote a small amount of time to your garden once it is planted. If so you need to investigate planning and planting a low maintenance garden, rather than one that needs constant care.

What about the soil in your garden? Is it full of clay or lime or sand? Is it rich in nutrients for your plants? Will you need to attend to the soil first before you start planting? Investigate your soil type and see what varieties of plants grow best in that soil.

Do you live in a drought-stricken area or is there plenty of rain about? Knowing your area's water restrictions will also help in the planning of your garden and how to maintain it.

What types of plants are you interested in growing? Perhaps you want a native garden, showing off only plants natural to your area. Or maybe you want a cottage garden or a rose garden. Perhaps you want a more practical garden, one that grows herbs and vegetables. Deciding on the type of plants you want is exciting. Planning your garden well will lead to results that you want, whether it is a riot of color or gentle greens all year round.

All these points must be taken into consideration when deciding on the type of garden you want. If you are thorough with your investigation of your soil and planning of your garden layout, you will enjoy the end result much more than if you just throw any old seeds in to the dirt and hope for the best.
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