by Bob Bridgen
Growing food in a garden is a great way to take ownership or control over your yard, get close to nature, and provide your family with yummy and nutritious things to eat. The first step is always to assess the area that you have to work with and pick a good spot for yougarden.
You are going to want somewhere that gets plenty of sunlight to grow the plants, but also somewhere that is easy to access for watering your plants.
It is best to pick a place that hasn’t been overrun by weeds or other types of vegetation in the past, because it will be hard to get rid of the things that are growing there, and you will spend most of your time pulling weeds.
Once you have picked a spot, you are going to need to rent or buy a tiller to till the earth, if you haven’t had this done already.
Be sure that you have several inches of soft soil to work with. Some find it helpful to bring in bags of potting soil at this point to supplement what is already in their yard.
When you have your area tilled and ready for planting, be sure to provide some kind of fence to separate it from the rest of the yard. You will want a fence to keep out rabbits and other animals, so be sure that you check with your local garden store to see what types of fencing work best in your area. Once you have fenced off yourgarden, you are ready to start.
You should pick your food wisely, and also pick a variety of foods. If it is your first year planting a garden, you cannot be quite sure what will come up well and what won’t.
Try to plant rows of food that are different from one another, and be sure to mark each row so that you know what you have planted. You can also use plants that have already been started, to make sure that you get good food coming up.
Once you have planted your garden, you need to tend it carefully. Be sure to water it every day, depending on the temperatures, and be sure to rid the garden of weeds whenever you see them.
If you stay on top of it, you will have a bountiful harvest and you can enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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