Want to Test Your Gardening Skills? Here's Your Chance!
By Donna Stark
Would you like to try something new this season? Something that can easily become a lifelong hobby and has no limit to the amount of satisfaction and enjoyment you may get? If so, you may want to consider starting a garden! That's right. Even if you have never planted a seed in your life, gardening could be a hobby that you love and excel at. But where should you begin? Well, you can start by taking a look at the simple steps below on how to garden with confidence.
Figure Out What to Plant
The first thing you need to do when it comes time to plan your garden is to figure out what vegetables you would like to plant. What do you like to eat? What would you like to try? Once you have decided, make sure the varieties of produce you choose make sense for the area you live in. You can do this with a little online research or some help from your local nursery.
Find the Perfect Spot
Whether you are going to plant your vegetables in the backyard or in containers on your front porch, you need to make sure they will have access to plenty of water and sunlight. Do the vegetables need full sun or can they grow in partial shade? These are the types of questions you need to figure out before you start any kind of planting. In addition to that, you'll have to determine the best way to water your plants. Will you need to buy a new hose or install a drip system? Depending on where you live, you may need to water them quite often, so keep that in mind during the planning process.
Pick Your Soil
For a bountiful harvest, your garden (or container) needs the very best soil you can get. This soil should be dark, rich, and crumbly, or in other words, healthy! Ask for help at your local nursery if you aren't sure about which type of soil composition you should buy. It really does make a difference with how well your garden grows.
Plant with Care
It doesn't matter if you are starting with seeds or are transplanting your selections from other containers, you need to plant with care! Follow the instructions that come with the seeds and be careful you don't damage the young vegetable plants. Last of all, don't forget to use a trellis, stakes, or cages to provide support to plants as they grow.
Gardening for Life
Gardening is easier than you think, so go ahead and start planning your vegetable patch today! And who knows? You may even realize your thumb is a lot greener than you ever could have imagined!
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