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Starting a Garden that Gives You the Most Pleasure

Updated on April 10, 2012
Roses for fragrant gardens
Roses for fragrant gardens | Source

Starting a Garden at Home

When you're thinking about starting a garden, one of the first things you will need to work out is what type or kind of garden you want to have.

There a number of things that will influence the kind of garden you will choose ~ such as: the size of the area available, whether it is in full sun or part shade, whether the soil is dry or damp and what it’s condition is to name a few.

When starting a garden, having plants with similar needs will make it easier for you to care for them, so narrowing your choices is the first step you will need to take.

Here are just some ideas for gardens that you might like to consider, and hopefully it will help you get started.

Begonias for bold color
Begonias for bold color | Source

Starting a Flower Garden

Your passion may be to have a lovely garden to look at, and therefore flowers will be your obvious choice.

The easiest flower garden and some might say the most attractive, is a garden planted primarily with perennials. They stay in your garden all year round and provide flowers year after year. Typically many have a die back period usually in winter, but if you choose perennials with different cycles, you can have an attractive garden all year round.

Different areas have different plants which do well for your specific conditions, so check the internet for the flowers that will grow well in your area and give you the color and look you are after.

The only work required, after a little research and choosing your garden, is preparing the bed and planting it out. After that you may need to weed a little till the plants are established and spread.

If you choose flowers that make good cut flowers, you will have a regular supply of flowers to decorate your house or to give away to friends. The only downside with flowers is that while they look beautiful, you cannot eat them.

Vegetables growing in their beds
Vegetables growing in their beds | Source

Starting a Vegetable Garden

This leads me nicely into the next garden you might consider ~ the vegetable garden. This requires a little more research and planning than a flower bed, but it is extremely satisfying to grow your own food and be able to pick fresh vegies from your garden to cook for your meal that night.

There are usually a good variety of vegetables that will grow in your area at different times of the year, so that your garden is always providing you with some food.

When starting a vegetable garden, just remember that you will be adding other plants later during the year and to leave space for planting them out at the right time. You will also want to plant vegetables that you and your family enjoy eating, and this is your opportunity to plant some foods that you like but can be costly to get from your green grocer or supermarket.

The vegetable garden is great for someone who wants some produce but does not want to spend hours maintaining it.

Citrus is a very flavorsome and useful fruit
Citrus is a very flavorsome and useful fruit | Source

Starting a Fruit Garden

Another kind of garden you might want to consider is the fruit garden.

This type of garden requires more work than a flower or vegetable garden as there are many pests who also like the fruit that this kind of garden produces.

As well as needing to plant the trees in the right soil and provide the correct nutrients for good growth, a pesticide is usually required to protect the fruit. Choosing the correct chemicals and nutrients is very important so that the fruit is good to eat, as well as being safe for human consumption.

Fruit trees generally have a season for producing fruit, so do not produce all year round. The trees themselves need space and stay in place year after year, so there are no alternating crops that can be planted around them. This type of garden is more permanent, lasting many years if taken care of properly.

If the idea of having good yields of fruit appeals to you, and you are willing to put in the work needed, then a fruit garden could be the best choice for you.

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Summary of Starting a Garden

So when starting a garden, look at the types of gardens there are available, like the three mentioned above, and choose what will work for you. If a flower garden which takes just a little work and produces beautiful blooms, is what gives you the most pleasure, then choose that.

If you are happy to put in a little extra work and your desire is to be able to put fresh food on the table, then choose a vegetable garden.

If your passion is to be able to grow, pick, and preserve or give away lots of delicious fruit; and you are happy to do the work needed in keeping your fruit trees healthy, then choosing a fruit garden will give you the most pleasure.

Being informed, choosing and planning your garden well, will get you starting a garden on the ‘right foot,’ and help prevent you biting off more than you can chew. Happy and pleasurable gardening!

Color me Red
Color me Red | Source

So...How Does Your Garden Grow?

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    • Esrom Art profile image

      Esrom Aritonang 

      6 years ago from Indonesia

      Beautiful flower in your garden. I loved it because I love flower and garden too. I live in Indonesia, tropical areas and I love to plant some flower and fruit. Gardening make me feel happy. Thanks.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile image

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Starting a garden demands also good money. If you want it perfect just in one season means you have to invest pretty much. So if a person is short of money the garden has to be build in parts.

    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile image

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Johanna Baker...This Hub is a nice share on the world of gardening. I enjoyed the read!

    • Johanna Baker profile imageAUTHOR

      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 

      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks DF for checking out my hub, glad to be of help. We so enjoy the fresh produce from our garden and fruit trees and my husband uses the lemons in cooking all the time - except when the ripe fruit is not avail for a season...

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      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      I just bought a dwarf lemon tree. This hub is a big help with a lot of good info. Thanks for this and the follow.


    • Johanna Baker profile imageAUTHOR

      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 

      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thank you... we have a lemon and an orange by our house sheltered from the wind and frost and they grow very well. Lemons etc don't mind a prune and love to be opened up and let the air through. Oddly enough giving them a prune also encourages more fruiting! Good luck with your lemons

    • Talullah profile image


      6 years ago from SW France

      Lovely hub. I've had some success with two orange trees, and two olive trees,; I've yet to try lemons but would love to give them a go. Great writing full of information. Thanks for sharing!


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