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I want to know how to start a garden for the first time?

I am home in the summers and would like to try my hand at gardening. I have never had one. I am wondering when and how to start one.

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  1. Go to marthastewart.com. There on the left of the main page is gardening 101..... I am sure you will find tons of stuff...
  2. If you have some nice top soil till it and plant seeds. water it at dusk. and keep bugs off your plants. Pretty easy huh :)
  3. make sure you read all of the back sides of the packets of the seeds you buy
  4. You will love it, gardening is so rewarding. Nothing beats the beauty of seeing flowers grow. I suggest going to a Nursery where a experienced horticultural can get you started. My secrete to beautiful plants has always been a little Miracle Grow mixed in H2O every other week. Walla the plants grow large and flower often. Have fun you will love it.
  5. Maybe, start with planting herbs in your kitchen. You will taste the fruits of your labor. Use them for cooking and preparing dishes. Good Luck!
  6. Just buy some Vegetable seeds and plant them ! maybe add fertilzer and put a little fence around it to keep out rabbits and deer
  7. You need to make a some plan, how the garden need to look like. It is very simple. You can get some books about fixing yard and plant some bushes, it's very easy. Look in the Internet, their is also some in formations and go to the garden centers, where you can buy a products, they help you also.
  8. first add a little fertilizer to the ground your gonna till. once tilled in add some seven dust to the ground to kill and critteres in the soil. make rows and plant away
  9. Starting a garden is really quit easy, but you have to have a good base for great plants. Base needs to be a combination of different soils. First make sure to get rid of any grass or debri, then rototill the area(no rototiller then use a garden spade to turn over soil then chop it up with a hoe) next you'll want to ad some manuer and turn or rototill this until mixed in real well. Once this is done lightly water and let set for one day. Now there is no need for extra fertilizer so now you have to know what you are planting. Reading up on vegetables is the best thing to do since I don't have enough time go through them all.
  10. Turn up the top soil & put some furtiliser on top then plant some seeds or go somewhere like homedepot & get pre-grown plants. Then dig a hole & plant them (the seed packages or tags on the pre-grown will tell you how much towater them). Enjoy your garden ;)
  11. Although laying out a garden is never simple, you can get started on the right track by asking yourself five key questions and following the basic principles of good design. Whether you’re creating a romantic cottage garden or a formal landscape, begin with practical considerations. Before buying plants or tilling any ground, answer the following questions: 1. What are your needs and priorities? Do you want a spot for vegetables or only colorful flowers? Do you need a separate play space for kids, or can you combine it with an area for entertaining? 2. What is the style of your house? Classic or modern? Brick or stucco? Use these cues as the starting points for your design. 3. What is the existing structure of your garden? Do you have specimen trees, mature hedges, and stone walls worth saving or features like overgrown foundation plantings or dying trees that must be removed? 4. What kind of light does each area of your garden receive? Observe how the light moves across your property during various seasons, noting shady areas and open, sunny patches. 5. What is your budget? Consider spreading expenses over several seasons, and prioritize accordingly. Although some construction projects can be postponed and phased in, sprinklers that require trenching, for instance, can’t wait. Larger trees and hedges need early attention, too. Spring Gardening Tips Selecting Plant Palettes Once your garden design—terrace paving, paths, trees, arbors, and hedges—is clearly drawn, compose a plant palette. Go beyond choosing plants that harmonize with your home (like pairing old-fashioned hollyhocks with a shingled saltbox). —Consider what thrives in your neighbors’ yards and suits the locale, whether native plants or transplants from similar conditions. Consider rainfall and seasonal temperatures as well as coastal and inland influences. —Consult books and your local nursery to find out the requirements for the plants you like and how large they will grow. —Decide how much maintenance you’re willing to commit to: Do you welcome challenges, or do you need tough, self-sufficient plants? —Think about whether the emphasis will be on foliage textures, flowers, or both. Do you want seasonal change or year-round, evergreen fullness? —Buy small: As a rule, younger plants tend to acclimate better to new settings. —Group plants with similar irrigation needs as well as harmonious colors and textures. Save exotic, finicky ones for pots, where they can get individual attention. —Be bold: Create a strong, unified effect by planting in drifts of one or two kinds of plants rather than mixing many different types in one area. Follow the ten tips outlined below for a welcoming garden that's filled with color and fragrance—and song. SURVEY THE YARD Make note of tree limbs that should be removed or cabled, especially those that overhang structures. Hire an arborist to maintain large trees. Cut down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms. Check fences, steps, and pathways for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing. ORDER TOOLS AND PLANTS Tune up tools so everything is ready when things start growing. Make note of what is missing, and order tools for the new growing season. Choose new plants for the garden. Order perennials, trees, and shrubs for spring planting. GET READY TO MOW Send the mower and leaf blower for servicing, or if you have the right tools, sharpen the mower blades yourself. Refill your mower with oil, install fresh spark plugs, and lubricate moving parts if necessary. Clear the lawn of winter debris, and look for areas that need reseeding before mowing. PRUNE TREES AND SHRUBS Remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches from woody plants. Thin and trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea, and most roses, except for old-fashioned once bloomers. Prune cold-damaged wood after plants resume spring growth. Prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees after flowering. TAKE A SOIL TEST Check soil pH with a home soil- test kit, taking several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Enrich soil as necessary: Add dolomitic lime to raise the pH or elemental sulfur to lower the pH. PREPARE NEW BEDS Clear the planting area as soon as soil can be worked, removing sod or weeds and debris. Spread a 4-inch layer of compost or well-rotted manure and any amendments over soil, and cultivate it to a depth of 10–12 inches with a spading fork. PLANT Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies by early spring. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible. Transplant container-grown plants anytime during the growing season except midsummer; be sure to water them thoroughly. Sow seeds of cool-season flowers like sweet peas, poppies, and calendula, and vegetables such as lettuce, parsley, and spinach. FERTILIZE Apply balanced fertilizer (6-6-6 or 8-8-8), fish emulsion, or other soil amendments recommended by soil-test results around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas and camellias. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes. START A COMPOST PILE Start a compost pile, or use a compost bin, if you don’t have one already. Begin by collecting plant debris and leaves raked up from the garden. Chop these up first to speed decomposition. Add equal amounts “brown” (carbon-rich) materials like dried leaves and straw and “green” (nitrogen-rich) materials like grass clippings and weeds in even layers with water and a compost bioactivator. Turn regularly. Continue adding to the pile throughout the season for rich, homemade compost next spring. CLEAN BIRD FEEDERS AND BATHS Disinfect the feeders by scrubbing with weak bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach: 2 gallons warm water). Rinse and dry the feeders thoroughly before refilling them. Scrub birdbaths with bleach solution, then rinse them thoroughly and refill, changing water weekly. Clean birdbaths and feeders regularly throughout the season. GL The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban
  12. First pick an area in your yard where the soil is good to work with and gets lots of sunshine. Weed out this area and loosen the soil. Pick flowers that are beautiful and appropriate for the area in which you live. An idea for you is to also pick flowers that the birds around your area could also enjoy! As for how to plant the flowers each flower is different but here are some suggestions. If you buy a plant already starting to grow then you just dig a whole that this plant can fit in. Then, place the plant in and give it some water. If you decide to buy seeds to plant then just stick your finger in an area of the soil (or you can dig a very small whole) then drop a seed in and water it. For more tips get a gardening magazine or go to a gardening store and ask an employee if they can give you tips. Also, buy products to help your garden look healthy and beautiful!!! Good Luck and Have Fun!!!