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How To Start A Garden

Imagine for a second that you could actually have your own garden appear in real life exactly as it appears in your mind. That is a beautiful picture, no?

Ok. Now open your eyes and look at your yard. What in the world were you thinking? Is that picture even possible? Probably not. But there is good news. You CAN have a beautiful garden even if you do not already have one in your yard.

The first thing you need to do is sum up your yard. You need to figure out where you want to plant a garden and if it is possible to plant a garden in that spot. The first thing you need to look for is to make sure that your garden will have proper drainage. You need to assess whether or not your land is on a slope, whether or not there are any small or large channels, and where the water will drain after a rain or after you turn off the sprinkler.

If all of these details work out, it is time for you to assess the actual topsoil in which you wish to plant. You will need to determine if the topsoil is too sandy, too hard, too soft, too full of gravel, or too rocky. Then it is a good idea to dig a small hole just to see how much deep your plants will be able to root before they hit rocks or clay. You should then fill up that hole with water to see how long it takes to drain. If it takes an hour or two, then you are in good shape. If it takes a couple days, that is probably not the best to topsoil in which to plant your new garden.

Another important thing you will need to assess is how much sun your new garden will be getting in reference to how much sun-light your desired flowers and/or plants will need to thrive. If there is too much or too little sun-light in that particular area of your lawn, you will most probably have to either pick another spot to plant your new garden where you can count on the sun being more accommodating or you will have to pick other flowers and/or plants for your new garden that are more accommodating.

Deciding which soil to use for your new garden will have a long-lasting effect on how your garden will end up looking. You can have the best flowers and/or plants that money could buy, nut if you do not plant them in proper soil, it will only be a short matter of time before you are left with nothing but a patch of topsoil; and that is most definitely not what the ultimate goal is for this project.

When choosing soil, there are several different options to choose from, and each soil has its benefits. There is good old topsoil; there is potting soil, which could actually be split up into two different categories: good quality potting soil and not such good quality potting soil; there are various composts; and there is vermicast a.k.a. worm castings.

Topsoil is the only soil which is actually real legitimate soil. Topsoil is the top layer of soil of the earth, and real topsoil has been through a years long process in which the topsoil soaks up nutrients left over by dead and decomposing twigs, leaves, etc. Real topsoil is very rich in nutrients, and is suitable for planting just about anything.

Potting soil and compost are both not real soils. Compost is nothing more than a pile of decomposed organic matter, which is extremely healthy for plants, and potting soil is also loaded with nutrients. There are actually many different types of potting soils, but the good quality potting soil is absolutely loaded with nutrients for your plants.

Vermicast, which is also known as worm castings, is actually produced on worm farms. On these farms worms are placed in soil which is already loaded with nutrients, and when they shed their castings, the end result is perhaps the most nutrient-saturated "soil" that is possible to buy. Vermicast and good quality potting soil are actually even better for plants, because they can time-release water and nutrients to your plants. This will ensure that your plants get what they need when they need it instead of your plants being drowned one minute, and then thirsty and dry ten minutes later. Vermicast has more nutrients than potting soil, but vermicast should not be used for planting vegetables outdoors. This is because vermicast can attract worms which could potentially eat your veggies.

After you have all this figured out, the only thing left for you to decide is what to plant. When deciding what to plant, you should take into account your climate and how often you will be able to water your garden. Once you have all that figured out, it is time to plant that beautiful dream garden.

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