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Remember the beauty of the garden, for there is peace.

Having a green thumb does not mean that gardening has to limited to a select few. Anyone can learn the art of home gardening by following a few basic guidelines, having the right startup materials and taking the time to nurture plants. While gardening does come naturally to some people just as a musician can make a piano sing or an artist can fill a painting with emotion, raising a robust garden is a skill that can be developed and perfected.

 

Preparation of any endeavor is as important as the act itself and home gardening is no different. If you have the space, a 10′x10′ patch will produce more vegetables than you can handle. Larger gardens can quickly get over run with weeds, insects and become overwhelming with all of the work involved. Keep the space small and get to know your plants.

 

The Importance Of Soil

Plants need six to eight hours of full sunlight per day in order to receive nutrition. They also need lots of water and well-draining soil. If you have a low-lying area in your yard that always seems to fill with water, this would not be a good spot for a home garden. Roots can rot when waterlogged and prevent growth. If you have a shady yard that cannot offer the amount of sunshine needed, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach grow well without as much sun.

Testing your soil can give you a good idea of what type of base you have to work with. Choose an area that is sunny and mark off a 2′ x 2′ square. Saturate this area with water and allow it to rest for 24 hours. Next, dig up a good sampling of the dirt and form into a ball with your hands. The soil should not be soppy or dry and crumbly. If you find either of these conditions, the soil needs work.

Compost is an excellent way to prepare inadequate soil for gardening. In addition to adding nutrients, compost adds fertility to the ground for stronger activity. If you want to know the actual balance of your soil, purchase a home test kit that will present readings for the pH balance of your soil. Once you find out the nature and quality of your soil, it can be balanced with potash, ashes or wood chips, depending on the acidity.