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Gardening Tips for Great Gardens

Updated on September 8, 2011

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Gardening is a productive way to get up off your couch and get outside. The rewards are many and there is no reason that the work should be difficult. Naturally, there are things you will need to do, but none of them are taxing on your body or mind, and you can grow beautiful flowers and tasty food with only a minimum of effort, as long as you plan properly and take a few basic steps.

Step One: How much time do you have to spend gardening each day, each week? Be honest. Do not get in over your head and create a garden that is too big for you to maintain. It is better to start small and expand the garden as your time and interest allows.

Step Two: Make a plan, write down what you want to accomplish; to do this you will need to assess your property and determine how much sunlight you have available. This will tell you what you can grow.

Step Three: be sure to put the right plant in the right place, this means place the plants where they get the sunlight they need, make sure they get the water they need and feed the soil.

Feeding the soil is vital. If you want healthy plants you must have healthy soil. Add organic material, compost, for example, to the soil at the beginning, at the middle and near the end of the growing season. This will help keep the roots feed. That is right the roots, healthy roots, healthy plants.

Healthy plants can fight off infestations and diseases. To help them do so, spend time in your garden just looking around; turn leaves over, look at the flowers, is there something unexpected or unwanted taking place. The time you spend simply looking at your plants brings you closer to the micro world that is your garden and you discover the wide variety of life that makes a garden thrive. You will also spot invaders and other threats before they become a problem.

The early morning is the best time to water your garden and remember to water it deep; you are giving the roots a drink. If you can set up a rain water catchment system.

Manure teas and foliar sprays will feed the plants and help them grow strong and healthy. They are easy enough to make and are all natural, organic ways to feed the plants.

Take time and study nature she has been gardening for a very long time and has much to teach us.

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    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your very helpful hub. I can't wait for the end of January when I can start sowing again.

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