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The Ultimate Guide to Gardening: What to Plant and How to Care for Your Garden

There’s something about gardening that puts the rest of life into perfect focus. It’s a hobby that lets you appreciate simple things like the smell of soil or the sound of birds. What could be more peaceful than that? It takes time and effort to maintain a flourishing garden, but what comes from it is worth every moment of your sweat and tears. Nothing beats seeing your plants thrive, especially when you see them grow from seedlings to fully-fledged adults. And here are some helpful tips to get you started in creating an ideal garden:


Know your gardening zone

The first step to creating an ideal garden is knowing the gardening zone of your area. Every area has a designated gardening zone that tells you which plants are best suited for your climate. You can find these zones by looking at a map or doing some research online. This is important because knowing what plants to plant is key to having a flourishing garden. If you live in south Florida and have a shady, moist area, then you’re probably in Zone 10b-11a. If you live in the northeast United States, then you might be in Zone 3b-4a. Knowing your gardening zone will help you know what plants to plant and how much sun exposure they need if any at all.


Plan before you plant

As with any project, it’s important to think things through. Planning your garden is just as critical as planting the seeds. Before you do anything, take into account what you want to grow and how much space you have. You’ll need to know this before committing yourself to a purchase of seeds or plants. If you have a small plot of land, for example, you’ll have to be more selective about what and how many things you plant. If your property is large enough, then go ahead and plant all the vegetables, herbs and fruit trees that your heart desires! Charcoal Barbecue

Choose the right plants for your garden

You want to make sure that you choose plants with care. You should consider the amount of sunlight your garden receives and what type of soil is in it. Certain plants may need more water than others, so you should also take into account how much time and effort you are willing to put into your garden. The best thing to do is research before you plant! This will help you find plants that work with your needs and personality, too.


Be a good soil steward

The most important element of all is the soil. This is what provides nourishment to our plants and gives them a foundation on which to grow. Before you even think about planting anything, make sure that you have a healthy base of soil in place. Try creating raised beds with the best soil possible. Soil preparation is imperative for gardening success. Good soil can provide your plants with everything they need to grow and thrive, but without it, your plants will be struggling just to survive. So spend a little time preparing your garden bed by adding organic matter like compost, manure or peat moss. Choose one or two ingredients to mix into your existing soil and then let it sit for at least six weeks so it can break down before using it in your garden bed.


Make smart use of sunlight

The way to have a successful garden is by using the right plants. The most important thing you need to do is make sure that your plants get enough sunlight. There’s no point in planting shade-loving plants if they don’t get the sun they need to thrive. Plants need plenty of sunshine to grow, so be sure to place them in spots where they will receive maximum light. If you have a lot of trees surrounding your garden, try transplanting some of your plants or other methods, like placing reflective objects or a greenhouse around the area, could help even out the distribution of light. You can also use a solar-powered lamp during winter months to provide extra light for your plants.


Don’t forget to water!

It’s important to water your plants regularly, but be sure not to over-water them. Watering too much can drown the roots of your plants, which will cause them to suffer. If you have a green thumb, it’s easier to tell when your plants need water and when they don’t. If you find yourself questioning whether or not your plant needs water, use a soil moisture meter! It will help you figure out exactly how much water your garden needs every day.



The more you know about gardening and the better care you give your garden, the more you will delight in your own backyard. Gardening is a lifelong pursuit that can be enjoyed by people of any age. Whether you have a small backyard or a large farm, we have something for you. The first step is to know your gardening zone, plan before you plant and choose the right plants for your garden. From there, make sure to be a good soil steward, make smart use of sunlight and don’t forget to water!

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