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Thinking of Starting a Garden? Read This First

Few things can be as rewarding as having a garden. Aside from delicious vegetables and/or beautiful flowers, there’s something therapeutic about the steps involved in creating a garden and keeping it thriving long-term. And if you’ve never done it before, don’t worry—it’s a very practical endeavor if you start small and stay committed to the process. Here is some advice on how to get started:

The First Stages

Sometimes, the hardest part of doing something new is getting started.

  • Be sure to start small and take your time when planning and creating your first garden.
  • Consider your needs, and draw up a layout for your garden.
  • Build some raised garden beds for added convenience and function.
  • Research easy-to-grow vegetables (e.g.,lettuce, root vegetables, tomatoes).for your area.


Maintaining the Garden

As with anything worth having, keeping a healthy garden requires some work. 

  • First, learn how to enrich the soil in your garden.
  • Also, use a mulch to protect your crops, conserve water, and fight weeds.
  • And be sure to learn when and how to water your plants.
  • Keep your garden free of weeds and harmful insects.
  • Keeping insects and pests away are other ways to maintain a healthy garden.


Growing in a Small Space

If you’re working with limited space, there are a few other considerations:

  • Vertical gardening is your best friend when you’re trying to grow in a small area.
  • Mix your crops and be selective with what you grow to maximize your garden’s value.
  • You can even have a productive garden if you live in an apartment; avocados, kale, potatoes, and strawberries are a few of many things you could grow.


Other Incidentals
Gardening can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.

  • If you want a more involved garden but it’s out of your depth, look to Anne Roberts Gardens for help designing your dream garden.
  • You can have your soil tested to determine what nutrients your soil is missing.
  • A simple sprinkler system can be an easy DIY afternoon project.
  • If you plan to DIY a more sophisticated lawn watering system, know all the parts required (.e.g. valve, backflow preventer, etc.)

If you’re thinking about starting a garden, you should! It’s a great way to enhance your property, your nutrition, your exercise and quality of life in general.

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Anne Roberts
Anne Roberts
Chicago Landscaper, Master Gardener, Green Roof Specialist & Degreed Horticulturist at Anne Roberts Gardens

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