By Andrew Harrison

With proper planning, you can have a very satisfying experience of planting a backyard garden. If you don't thoroughly prepare, you can have a very discouraging experience. No well-kept back garden happened overnight, they all have been created with careful preparation and hours of time and energy.

You don't need to have a large plot of land to have a great garden, and you may find that you may neglect some plants if you do have one. You should not grow more than you want to take care of, or more than you can use. Make certain that the area for your garden has plenty of sunlight and easy access to water. Try to have an area that can get at least six hours of sunlight especially if you plan on growing vegetables. It is really vital that the soil is quite fertile with a neutral pH balance, well-drained and loaded with lots of organic material. If you want the most effective fertile soil, it should have 5% organic matter, 25% water, 25% air, and 45% minerals.

Since your dirt might not be ideal, depending on where you live, you might need to do some extra work on your soil. Even though organic material only comprise a small percentage, having the right organic material can have an impact on your garden. Whether you are using sandy, humus or clay type of soil, adding organic matter should help it tremendously. By spreading two to three inches of organic matter over the surface can really help break up clay in soil or hold more water if the soil is sandy. Well-rotted manure, grass clippings, sawdust, peat moss, and leaves are a number of the good sources of organic matter.

To make your organic mulch effective for your soil, you will need to include nitrogen fertilizer for the decomposition process. The next thing is to thoroughly till the soil before you can begin planting your garden. Tilling the earth with let air to flow through and keep the soil from getting hard. Just be sure you don't till the soil in early spring since muddy soil may not break down well and choke the roots. Once the dirt is ready, you're going to plant vegetables or fruits that are proper for the time of year. You'll want to have a look at seed package to find out if the item you want to plant is in season or not.

Growing and maintaining the garden can be a fun time, and also a profitable one when your fruits and vegetables grow to the point you can pick them and feed them to your family. As long as you plan your garden in the proper way, you are almost assured of a good harvest when the time comes.

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