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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

The most common misconception around gardening is the amount of work it takes to keep a garden healthy. While it is true that there is work involved in gardening, for the most part, that work is quite rewarding. Lots of gardeners report that the work feels more like playing even when they spend the whole day pulling weeds. Obviously the size and scope of your garden will dictate how much work you need to put into your garden. No matter what, you are going to find one thing to be true: whether your garden is tiny or huge, you are going to find the experience of growing things very rewarding.

Improve the quality of your dirt or soil before you begin planting. No two patches of soil are the same. You might have had bad luck with plants so far because you didn’t take time to make sure that the dirt in your yard was good enough to sustain growing plants. Different types of plants require different types of nutrients and soil conditions.

Put some work into the soil before you plant. The simplest way to prepare your garden for planting is to spread organic refuse across the soil. Use compost, mulch or even old grass clippings over the ground a few months before you are ready to plant. The compost decomposes but it leaves nutrients behind that feed your seeds when you do plant your garden.

If you have never experienced planting your own garden you might want to start out with more than just a packet of seeds and some dirt. If you purchase plants which have already begun sprouting, your may have better luck. If you do this, your main job will be maintaining the garden as it begins to thrive. You don’t have to worry so much about whether the plants will grow. Your only worry is keeping the plants alive. Next year, after you’ve had some experience you might have better luck with seedlings. Another reason for starting with sprouted plants is: some plants grow year after year regardless of new seeds being planted – the bulbs simply remain dormant until blooming season of the following year.

Prepare the ground before you begin planting. Believe it or not, you won’t have much luck if you simply toss some seeds at a patch of dirt and hope they grow. You want to work the ground in your garden before you start planting. Things like rocks and other forms of debris need to be cleared out. Till the garden’s soil so that it can get enough oxygen. When you do container gardening or indoor gardening your seedling containers as well as the containers themselves need to be prepped before you start planting.

Starting a garden is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. If you take some time to learn about gardening ahead of time there is no reason that the garden you want to start shouldn’t thrive. Enjoy the thrill of spending time in your garden! It’s a good reason to play and spend time outside!

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