Starting Your Own Garden - Easier Than You Think!


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So, you have decided to grow a garden. Congratulations! A garden, whether it is a flower garden or a vegetable garden, has many benefits – and it is so easy to do!

If you have decided to grow fruits or vegetables with your garden, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much better the food tastes when you grow it yourself. Not only can you enjoy vine-ripened goodies that have the added flavor only nature can provide, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you grew your fruit and veggies on your own. And, don’t forget, it is convenient and pleasurable to have a variety of tasty treats growing in your own backyard.

A flower garden provides you with a magnificent retreat where you can relax after a stressful day. Similarly, it adds beauty and value to your home when done right. Not only that, you can actually take care of problematic areas in your yard with a little creativity and a few flowers, shrubs, and trees.

Whether you are planting a flower garden or a vegetable garden, you will discover that one of the great satisfactions of gardening is just getting out there and getting your hands dirty. Gardening is a great activity for reducing anxiety and reducing stress as you feel yourself getting closer to nature.

Yet, you might be asking yourself: How do I start a garden? What do I need to have in order to grow a garden? Are there any tricks of the trade I should know? Is it costly? How do I maintain my garden once I get it started? Will it take all of my time?

The first thing you will need to consider when planning a garden is the location. If you will be planting a vegetable garden, you will likely need to choose a location that receives a great deal of sunlight. This is because most vegetables require eight hours or more of sunlight in order to grow properly and to form strong roots and stems.

Since you will need a great deal of sunlight for your vegetable garden, you should never plant it next to large trees that will cast shadows throughout the day. Similarly, it is generally best to avoid planting a vegetable garden right next to a building or a home. The shadow cast by the home can prevent adequate sunlight from reaching your garden. If you aren’t sure about a specific area, take a day to monitor the position of the sun and the shade it produces in the area you are considering for your garden. You don’t need to stand out there all day! Rather, check on the area once per hour in order to get an idea of how much sunlight the area receives.

With a few more facts and tricks, you can have your own beautiful flower or vegetable garden. It's easier than you might think!

Pete Cullen runs . This article is excerpted from his “Gardener's Handbook". Get more information at


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