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Choosing a Garden that is Right for You

"Choosing a Garden that is Right for You"If you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you will have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down. But by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience easier on yourself and the plants. If all your plants are similar, then it shouldn’t be very hard to care for them all. So here are some of the main garden ideas for you to choose from.

If you’re just looking for something that looks nice in your yard, you’ll want a flower garden. These are usually filled with perennial flowers. Perennial flowers are flowers which look good and stay healthy year-round. Different areas and climates have different flowers  considered perennials. You can either call your local home gardening center (nursery) or do a quick internet search for your area to find a list of flowers that will bring your flower garden to life. These usually only require work in the planting stage – after that, the flowers take care of themselves.

Another choice for your garden is to have a vegetable garden. These usually require a little more work and research than a flower garden, but can be much more rewarding. No matter what time of the year it is, you can usually find one vegetable that is still prospering. That way your garden be giving you produce year round! When starting a vegetable garden, you should build it with the thought in mind that you will be expanding it over time.   A vegetable garden is ideal for someone who wants some produce, but doesn’t want to devote every waking hour to perfecting their garden with limited investment of time.

One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden. It’s more time consuming and high-maintenance. When growing fruits, the amount of pests you have to deal with are greater because they are attracted to the sweet fruits.  You not only have to deal with having just the right dirt and fertilizer, you have to deal with choosing a pesticide that won’t  cause illness (or even death) to the ones who each the fruit. It is also unlikely that your fruit garden will bear fruit year-round. The soil and temperatures need to be just right for the plants to grow, which means you will not be adding another crop during its off-season, which would likely be disastrous to its growth process. However if its fruit you want and you’re willing to put in the work to maintain a garden, then a fruit garden could be a
good choice for you.

Basically, the garden type comes down to what kind of product you want, and how much work you want to put into it. If you’re looking for a garden that requires little effort once its planted, go for a flower garden. If you want to reap the benefits of procuring food and you are willing to spend hours in your garden each day, then plant a fruit garden.

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