Plan Your Garden
A trip to the library for research will contribute to gardening success.reading in the garden image by peejay from Fotolia.com
Read up on local plant species and choose those appropriate for your geographical region and the space you have available.
Know the limitations of the space you have available.expectation image by Andrey Andreev from Fotolia.com
Survey the planting area you have available, confirming whether there is adequate sunlight, space, soil and access to water to keep your garden thriving. A realistic assessment of your resources will help avoid future gardening frustrations.
- 3). Make a diagram of your dream garden, planning carefully to allow for proper spacing between the plant species you plan to grow. Keep in mind that taller species can keep the sunlight from reaching smaller species will receive. Plan on including pest-repellent herbs to keep unwanted insects at bay.
Decent tools will make your gardening chores much easier.garden tools image by MichMac from Fotolia.com
Invest in a set of basic, sturdy tools. A trustworthy shovel, rake, hand trowel and hand rake will be well worth the initial financial outlay and last you through many seasons of gardening.
Watch for opportunities to obtain free seeds.seeds image by Jane from Fotolia.com
Collect seeds by either purchasing them from a garden store or gathering them locally. Some plant specimens can be cultivated from plant clippings from a friend's garden. Last year's flowers and vegetables offer a bounty of free seeds ready for planting. Seed swapping websites and clubs can increase the number of varieties you can choose from at little or no cost. To gain a jump on the planting season, start your seeds indoors in a warm sunny window, using empty egg cartons to hold the soil.
Yard waste can be composted to enrich soil the following spring.wheelbarrow and bins image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com
Enrich your soil by making your own compost using kitchen and yard waste. There are a number of methods for composting at home, and many communities offer free compost to gardeners during the growing season.
Plant and Maintain Your Garden