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How to Start Planning Your First Garden Now

By Marialiberati

Gardening is a rewarding pastime that can also help you save money and eat delicious things all season long. Before you can have a successful garden, it is important to have a solid plan of what you want to grow and how you would like your garden to work. Planning ahead can save you a lot of trouble when planting season begins.

Figure Out What Grows in Your Area

In order to make your garden as successful as possible, you first need to know what grows well in your area and climate. By choosing appropriate plants, you can set yourself up for a bountiful harvest.

There are tools available online that can help you identify the kind of growing zone you are living in. It’s especially important to note your elevation, climate, and the kind of soil in your area. With this knowledge you can identify the plants that are best suited to your garden and give them the help they need to flourish.

Buy Your Seeds

Once you understand the kinds of plants that grow in your area, the next step is buying seeds. There are many benefits to buying seeds online for your garden. It’s especially helpful that when you buy seeds online you have access to a huge library of information on the seeds you are thinking of purchasing.

Probably the most important factor in choosing seeds is choosing things you know you will eat. It isn’t particularly helpful or satisfying to have a garden full of vegetables you simply don’t like. Also make sure to choose a variety of vegetables so you aren’t stuck with a harvest of so many potatoes you can never finish them before they go bad.

Plan out the Space

Planning out the space of your garden can be one of the most exciting parts of gardening. Consider what kind of space you have and try to organize your vegetables accordingly. If you only have a small patio without a yard, you may need to have a container garden where each vegetable grows in a pot. If you have a larger space, your options are much more open.

Use a pen and paper to sketch out your garden plan, and consider how using various levels, trellises, and pots can help you get the most out of your space.

Planning your first garden can be an incredibly rewarding experience. With a little time and effort, you can create a home garden that is unique and exciting.

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