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9 Tips for Preparing a New Garden Spot

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by: whitneysegura
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Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 Time: 5:05 AM

When you are selecting a new spot for a garden, there are several things that need to be done, before planting can occur.

  • Once this spot is selected you will then have to prepare it for planting.
  • The following 9 steps will need to be done.


1. You will need to measure off the area you want to prepare.

  • Then you will have to dig up and remove whatever grass is there.
  • You could break this up and put it in your compost pile.


2. Next you till the dirt down deep to break it up thoroughly.

  • Go down to at least 12 inches to break it up enough for planting.
  • You can go down deeper depending of the size of roots your plants will have.


3. Be certain that dirt is broken up until it is quite fine.

  • The fine the texture the easier time roots will have finding nutrients.
  • Seeds will have a better start too.


4. Rake any rocks out of this area.

  • You want your dirt to be as free of them as possible.
  • Seeds cannot sprout if they have to fight the rocks to push through the soil.


5. You need to add amendments to the soil at this point.

  • If your soil is to sandy it will need organic material along with loam added to it.
  • About 3 inches of each worked in and down to at least 6 inches of depth will do the trick.
  • Of course check the plants you are going to be growing some may like the sandy soil. But the organic material needs to be added regardless.


6. For clay soil it will need some sand added to it to loosen it up.

  • Organic material should be added too.
  • It depends how heavily clay your soil is as to how much sand needs to be worked in, check with a local nursery to know for sure on this.
  • About 3 inches of organic material can also be worked in and down at least 6 inches more if need be.
  • Clay soil takes some extra working with but it can be loosened up.


7. If laying out a vegetable garden you can plow or hoe the area into the needed rows and sections at this stage.


8. If you have not yet purchased your plants this is the time to do so.

  • In a flower bed it is wise to have some perennials as a base for the bed.
  • Then buy some annuals for that extra touch of color.
  • Have some of the plants bloom in the spring, some in the summer, and some throughout the growing season to insure continuous color.
  • Layout on paper where you are going to plant things


If you are doing a vegetable garden figure out if you are using starting plants or going straight for seeds.

  • Buy accordingly. Make a plan for where everything is going to be planted.


9. Now is time for planting your purchases.

  • Plant the potted flowers, perennials, or starter vegetable plants no deeper than the pots they are in.
  • If using seeds follow directions on how deep and far apart to plant them.
  • Water all of it in well.
  • Think about purchasing a greenhouse kit or hydroponics system, they are loads of fun and are extremely affordable.
  • Enjoy your new garden as it grows.

About the Author

Whitney Segura is an expert gardener and owner of a company that manufacturers and distributes greenhouse kits, hydroponics, compost bins, and garden cotainers in the United States. Whitney enjoys writing articles about common gardening mistakes, so that everyone can learn from their mistakes!

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