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Home Garden Do's And Don'ts

Updated on March 18, 2014

Home Garden, You will really enjoy the vegetables you grow yourself.

While this is a small home garden you can if your space is very limited you can try container gardening
While this is a small home garden you can if your space is very limited you can try container gardening

Gardening Tips For The Home Gardner

When you first start growing a home garden you'll have the best results if you grow squash, corn, beets, radishes, beans, peas, pumpkins and carrots from seeds. Almost all herbs and spices should also be started from seeds.

You Can Buy Or Grow Some Of Your Vegetable Plants

For the best results you should start cucumbers, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, and pepper plants from plants. The beginning gardener will usually buy these plants from their local home and garden center but if you have a small greenhouse you can start all of these plants from seeds and when the plants are large enough and all the danger of frost has passed you can plant your plants out in the garden.

Test And Prepare Your Soil Well Before The Time To Plant Your Garden

Unless you have land with perfect soil for vegetables you'll need to test your soil to see what you need to add to your soil. You can purchase an inexpensive soil test kit at your local garden center.

Prepare Your Garden Soil

When I start a new vegetable garden I usually measure me out a space say 48 foot X 48 foot and I dig the soil out down to about two feet and I mix the soil I dig out in with very well rotted manure or well rotted compost at a rate of 70 percent soil and 30 percent of either well rotted manure or compost. For every twenty feet of vegetable row I add one pound of 5 - 10 - 5 fertilizer. When I get my soil prepared this way I have perfectly prepared soil for a vegetable garden.

Make A Plan

Make a plan of where you are going to plant each vegetable in your vegetable garden. Do you need to purchase tomato stakes or tomato cages for your tomatoes. You may want to put up lines and stakes for your cucumbers to grow on. If you plant your cucumbers so they can grow up on lines or chicken wire you'll end up with a lot more cucumbers.

Do You Need A Garden Tiller

Do you need to purchase a garden tiller or can you rent one in your area for when you need to use it. Be sure to reserve a rental garden tiller far enough in advance for when you need it. If your going to be making a garden every year you may want to purchase your own garden tiller. Be sure you check out the garden tiller you are thinking of purchasing carefully. Be sure you know and understand exactly what you are purchasing and what you get with it. Be sure that you understand what kind of maintenance your going to need to do on your garden tiller on a regular basis.

Grow The Vegetables You And Your Family Like

What's the point of growing a bumper crop of parsnips or turnips if no one in your family eats them. Set down with your family and plan out what vegetables your going to grow in your family vegetable garden. Have a plan drew out and planned on paper for where each vegetable is going to be grown in your garden.

Understanding Garden Pests And Gardening Tips

Home Garden, Garden Tips For You

Here are 12 Garden Don'ts For You to follow so your garden will grow and produce well. Along with some other great information for the home garden.

1. Never store left over diluted spray or plant food. Discard it instead as it could grow mold and spread disease if used. When you use your garden sprayers or receptacles you want to be sure that you rinse out all garden sprayers or receptacles well and hang them in full sun so they will dry well.

2. Never use chemicals or sprays in your garden that are not for the garden. Are you having a problem with garden slugs. Just get them drunk and get rid of them. Fill a shallow dish with beer and provide a couple of Popsicle stick ramps up to the rim of the dish for the slugs to climb up and they will get drunk and fall in and drown. Then you can dispose of them.Set out your beer traps at sun down and check them early the next morning.

3. Read the labels on anything you use in your garden carefully. Make sure that you know exactly what you are doing and follow the directions carefully.

4. Never allow any weeds to grow in your home garden. Get rid of them quickly. Mulch well around your plants and you will have much less of a garden weed problem.

5. Don't place fertilizer directly onto plants or seeds. Keep it back 3-4 inches and your plants will do well. As you water the fertilizer will break down and go down into the soil.

6. Never water your garden or plants when the sun is on them. This of course means you should water just before the sun comes up in the morning or just after the sun goes down in the evening.

7. Keep in mind how tall your plants are going to get and don't plant your garden plants where they will shade smaller plants. All your taller plants should go to the back of the garden and shorter plants to the front.

8. Use care when you get near your plants with your garden hoe or spade. Don't dig to near your plants or you can damage your garden plants roots.

9. Don't plant your rows to close together. Allow room to walk around and work. And be sure to thin your plants when they are very young.

10. Plant the varieties of vegetables your local garden supply store recommends especially until you gain a year or two of gardening experience.

11. Consider setting up rain barrels with tight fitting screens over the tops to keep mosquitoes out. This will provide you with water for your plants that your not going to have to pay for. Add a spigot at the bottom of each rain barrel to make it easy to get the water out. And this way you will have water for your garden if your town, city, or water district puts out water restrictions that prohibit watering gardens.

12. Make use of plants like marigolds, rosemary and peppermint to keep pests out of your garden. If you have a real mosquito and insect problem purchase a bat house and set it up 20 ft up a tree or pole above a garden pond or pool. You won't believe how many insects a single bat can eat in one night. And if the bats are eating the insects you won't have to worry about them.

Home Garden, Garden Tips For You

Here are 12 Garden Do's That You Should Do For A Healthy Home Garden that is going to produce an abundance of garden vegetables for you.

1. Keep a journal about your gardening activities. Label each one for the year you are in so in the future you can look back and see what you did for a particular garden problem or what was the name of the squash you planted that year that you loved.

2. You will want to keep your gardening tools all in one place and you will want to make sure that you spray your tools off with water when you are finished with them for the day. You may want to use a wood burning tool to write your family name on your garden tool handles to prevent theft.

3. Avoid going into your garden when the soil and plants are wet. You can wait until the ground and plants are dry before you work in the garden. You don't want to harvest vegetables when your plants are wet as this will invite disease.

4. Thin your plants when they are about finger high. Keep those seed packs so you can read the special instructions for your plants on the backs of those seed packs. If you can't find the information you need there call your local garden supply store or county farm agent and ask your questions.

5. You will want to water your garden as needed and its always best to water at the base of the plant. Use soaker hoses rather than a sprinkler for the best results. Your water needs to reach a depth of 6 inches.

6. Use mulch in your garden to reduce the need to water so often and to prevent weeds growing in your garden. Check with your city or county to see if they have a place you can go and get free leaf mulch. If they give you a choice you want the oldest looking mulch you can get.

7. Do everything you can to see that your garden stays free of insects, disease and weeds. You can plant some marigolds, peppermint in containers and rosemary to keep away a lot of your garden pests. Never plant peppermint directly in the ground as it will spread rapidly.

8. Examine your garden carefully each day to see if you see any potential problems that you can catch before they get out of hand. Be sure to take your hoe or garden spade and see how dry your garden is. Don't wait to water until your plants wilt. You will want to keep a special eye on your cucumber and melon plants as they need a lot of water.

9. Use either compost tea or miracle grow for vegetables on a regular basis. If you need to know how to build a quick and easy Compost Bin then CLICK HERE

10. Sample your gardens soil and have it tested every two to three years so you will know exactly what your garden soil needs are.

11. Ask around at your local garden store about what varieties of plants grow best in your area. If everyone else is growing a certain variety of squash it will probably grow well in your garden also.

12. If you have one bad looking or diseased looking plant in your garden remove it from the garden area and dispose of it so that nothing will spread.

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      taniya sharma 

      9 years ago

      dats awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! guyzzzz

    • JackTurner profile image


      9 years ago from UK

      Nice hub - well laid out and great information. Good tip on planting complementary plants to keep the pests away. It really works and often looks or smells good too!

    • Becky Puetz profile image

      9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information, thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      An useful list

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      Isaiah Michael 

      10 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Good hub very useful, just got my ground ready and a few plants out. planning on finishing up Sunday if we stay dry enough. Any advice of keeping squirrels out

      of apple trees

    • Dobson profile image


      10 years ago from Virginia

      I like this, as it gives plenty of useful tips to help your gardneing experience succeed. I plan to bookmark this and become a follower.

    • jayjay40 profile image


      10 years ago from Bristol England

      Love this hub, brilliant advice, I'm going to bookmark this hub as well

    • elf_cash profile image


      10 years ago

      I've bookmarked this hub and I will be referring to it once we start planting for our garden in the springtime. Great resource!

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile image

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      11 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      I'm going to show dad this - he grows all the family veg!

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      11 years ago from East Coast, United States

      so many good ideas, crazy, so many i have hoped to implement myself, but i need to read a hub on how to force yourself to do that stuff you know you need to do but forget


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