5 Tips to Start a Garden

Organic Gardening April 2009

Thinking of starting a vegetable garden this spring? Here are 5 simple tips to keep in mind before getting started...

The April issue of Organic Gardening has an article of tips for first time gardeners:

1. Watch the sun: food plants will need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, so walk around the yard at different times to check out how the sun falls; the south or west side of the yard is a good bet

2. Check the drainage: make sure the plot isn't at the bottom of a hill where water collects

3. Don't start off too big: many first time gardeners get carried away with size, three 4x8 foot beds is plenty

4. Stay nearby: a garden close to home makes planning meals easier

5. Think outside the box: Container gardening is a great option if a yard isn't available

For more tips, check out the the site by author Patti Moreno at gardengirltv.com

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