Home gardens offer a wide variety of benefits to the environment as well as serve a diverse group of people. Home gardening provides a source of fresh produce and free of chemicals so what more could we ask for? It also gives you complete control over the hard work that you put into this and products used during the growing process. Here is some fun, easy tips for when you start putting your green thumb to use. Don’t forget above all else just enjoy this time of being outside.
Location, Location, Location
Starting a garden is just like real estate. It’s all about location. Place your garden in a part of your yard where it will get morning sun and evening sun but try to avoid direct sun. Start with great soil is also key. When starting a garden, invest in soil that is nutrient rich and well-drained.
Have Your Garden Near Water
Make sure your plants get plenty of water. The best way to tell if plants need watering is to push your finger an inch down into the soil. If it’s dry, it’s time to water. The rule of thumb is to water flower beds twice a week. Avoiding watering during the heat of the day and at night is also key.
Follow the Sun
Misjudging sunlight is a common pitfall. Pay attention to how sunlight plays through your yard before choosing a spot for your garden.  Most edible plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight in order to thrive. They thrive best in morning and afternoon sun. Direct full sun is often too much for their delicate leaves and blossoms. Also try to avoid watering your plants during full sun, morning is best.
Choose the Right Plants
It is important to select plants that match growing conditions. This means putting sun-loving plants into a sunny spot, choosing heat-tolerant plants in warm climates, and giving ground-gobbling vines like pumpkins and melons ample elbow room or a trellis to climb. Remove any diseased, damaged or dead debris as they block airflow. Light pruning all year encourages steady growth and builds a healthy plant.
Consider Containers
You can grow many plants in pots including vegetables, herbs, flowers and berries. When gardening in containers, use a pot that is large enough for the plant it is hosting. You will find planting plants in pots that will take over your garden will save you a lot of headache and cleanup for next season.