PLANNING THE PERFECT GARDEN

Gardening is far more than digging a hole and throwing out some seeds found on sale at the local hardware store.  Before diving into that dirt, a well thought out plan is the first and most important step.  A successful and tasty garden awaits those that plan ahead. Here are some key factors to consider when planning your edible garden.

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LOCATION – LOCATION - LOCATION

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SITE AREA - Survey the surroundings of the site location and make sure the following elements are present; A minimum of six hours sunlight daily, level ground with good drainage and air circulation and rich loose soil. Ideally, a garden should be placed near an easily accessible water source and have convenient access to tools and equipment.

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SUN & SHADE - The most important factor in determining where to place a garden is the amount of sunshine the site will receive.  Gardens need at least six hours of sunlight daily to flourish. Avoid placing the garden to close to building that cast shadows; being sure to keep planting areas at least 10 feet away from walls. Vegetables are more likely to get disease and insect damage when planted in the shade.

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SKETCH THE LAYOUT - Survey the site and map out your yard. Indicate any obstacles and record the locations that receive the best sunlight. Be sure the are is clear of any buried utilities. Utility companies will locate and mark out underground lines if you tell them you are digging a garden. Contact the local utility companies to find out where they may have underground wiring or pipes. This number is generally located in the front of the phone book under "Call Before You Dig."

Making a site plan requires a few generic tools; a simple bound or loose-leaf notebook, camera, marker, wood stakes. Take a photograph of the site to map out the garden. Make sure to shoot the picture from a point that allows a full view of the entire yard. Now, draw a design of the area and then mark the shady areas or any tree roots or slopes.

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PLANT ARRANGEMENT - Whether the choice is large or small garden beds, containers or hanging baskets, vertical or horizontal, the arrangement of the garden makes all the difference. When the crops are easy to access and harvest, a first timer is more likely to continue.

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We can build your garden beds and plant those seeds or seedlings. Contact us when you are ready to start your garden project. We would be happy to assist you.