Planting a Backyard Garden That is All Your Own
Article by Shelly Bray
Perhaps the biggest misconception surrounding gardening is just how much work a person has to do to ensure that the garden grows well. While it is true that there is a lot of hard work involved in growing a garden, that work is usually very rewarding. Lots of gardeners insist that gardening work feels a lot more like playing (even when all they do that day is pull a bunch of weeds). Obviously the amount of work and effort involved will depend on the size and scope of the garden you start. No matter what, you are going to find one thing to be true: whether your garden is tiny or huge, you are going to find the experience of growing things very rewarding.
Take a close look at your current space. If you do not have an outdoor space for your garden (even for containers) you will have to limit yourself to plants that you can grow indoors, at least until you move to someplace new. If your home does have a yard you will need to figure out how much of that yard you are going to set aside for your new garden. How much space you have available will help you decide which plants you can grow and how expansive your garden will be. A good example of this is people who try to grow their own fruit and vegetables inside when indoor gardens are not really suited for such things. If you want your garden to be great you need to be patient. It takes a long time before the plants send up shoots and you can see your hard work literally come to life–you’ll just have to be patient while you wait for that to happen. The only way to skip over having to wait for this to pass is to buy your plants already blooming from a gardening department or nursery. If you don’t want to spend the money on “baby” plants, you need to have patience and continue to keep your garden nourished and taken care of while you wait to see the results of your efforts. Don’t worry if your plants take a long time to grow–it can take weeks or even months for you to see any real activity on the top of the soil.
Start small. You might think about having a yard that is full of blossoming plants. If you have never started a garden before, however, it is better to start with just a few plants. When you do this you get a “trial run” which will keep you from having to worry about wasting a bunch of time on something that you might not wind up enjoying. You need time, commitment and patience if you want to be a gardener. Would you marry a person you’d never been out with? Why would you dedicate your entire yard to vegetables if you hadn’t ever grown a single strawberry?
Growing your very own garden is thrilling! You’re probably already starting to imagine what it will look like when everything is in bloom. Obviously before you get there you’ll need to do some work. To ensure that your garden thrives you’ll have to take specific action. When you do your own prep work, keep up with gardening trends, follow expert garden tips and pay attention you will be able to make sure that the garden you get matches the garden in your mind.
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