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Garden Installation Guide

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Garden Installation Guide

Gardens are a beautiful way to enhance the exterior of your home. They can be for more than just looks, too. Gardens can produce vegetables like tomatoes and corn or herbs like rosemary and thyme. They do require a bit of hard work and know-how, though.


According to the website 93 percent of American gardening households grow tomatoes. The site says that the tomato is America’s fourth most popular fresh-market vegetable, behind potatoes, lettuce and onion.


Whether you are growing tomatoes or tiger lilies, there are a few important things you should know before you install your own home garden.

  1. Gardens are a beautiful way to enhance the exterior of your home. They can be for more than just looks, too.

    1.What will you plant?

    Figure out what kind of garden you want. If you’re looking to start a vegetable garden, think about what veggies you want to plant. If it’s a flower garden you’re looking for, what kinds of flowers? Different kinds of plants have different kinds of needs. So, deciding what kind of plant (or plants) you want will play a big part in deciding your plan of action.

  2. 2.Where will your garden go?

    Scope out your backyard to figure out the best place to put your garden. You’ll want to choose a place that has lots of access to sun and rain. You might also look for a place that has good drainage. If you are planting a flower garden, think about putting it somewhere visitors can enjoy looking at it. If you’re planning a vegetable garden, you may want to put it close to your home so that you won’t be hauling produce a long way to your house. Make sure you don’t put your garden somewhere where toxic chemicals like motor oil or lead paint have leached into the ground.

  3. 3.What kind of climate do you live in?

    Not all vegetation thrives in every climate. The amount of rainfall your area gets, the other kinds of plants and animals that live there and the ype of soil you have will all play a major role in determining how successful your garden is. Figure out what types of plants are best for your area. You can do research by going to a local nursery, looking online or checking out books at the library.

  5. 4.What supplies will you need?

    Figure out what kind of supplies you’ll need to get your garden started and keep it going. To start, you’ll need shovels and fertilizer. You will also need seeds. You will need a water source and means by which to get water to the garden. You might also want to consider getting protective screening to keep unwanted mice or rabbits away from your garden, or iron decorations to improve the beauty of your garden. Make a list of what you want and need. You might also want to give yourself a budget so you don’t go overboard.

  6. 5.Will you hire a gardener?

    Are you planning to contract this job out to a professional gardener or landscaper? Professionals keep your gardens healthy and weed free so that you don’t have to. When you are looking to hire someone, ask to see pictures of other gardens they help tend. Because they will be so close to your home, you might also want to ask for a background check. Make sure you have a clear contract that explicitly lays out what you want the professional to do and when you want it done.


    Gardens are fun and pretty, but they aren’t child’s play. Do your research so that you’ll end up with a peach of a garden.

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