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Coupon Cactus Offers 5 Steps to Growing a Garden

March 12, 2013 |

Alert: Springtime is right around the corner! If you want to grow that garden you’ve been thinking about but putting off, stop what you are doing and start planning now. 2013 is your year! OK, pep talk out of the way. Let’s get to it. If you’ve never grown a garden before, here are five steps to get you started.

  1. Marry what you want with what’s possible. You may want to grow a palm tree in your back yard, but if you live in Vermont, it’s not likely to happen. So make a list of the things that you’d like in your garden, and then determine which of those will grow best in your climate. If you’re not sure, ask Google. Google knows all.
  2. Visit your local nursery.  If you don’t know where to find one, Home Depot and Lowe’s are good places to start. They generally have garden areas and can help you locate the plants and/or seeds you’re looking for. If you’d rather shop online it would be all that better for your pocket, because our gardening partners like Direct Gardening will earn you valuable cash back for your endeavor.
  3. Stock up. You’re going to need gloves and tools and such. Master Gardening can help. Here’s what you’ll need as a beginner gardener: gloves, garden kneelers, long or short-handle round point hovel, garden rake, garden hoe, hand trowel, gardening shears and pruners, and a garden hose.
  4. Prepare the soil. You’ve picked the perfect spot outside your kitchen window, now you’re going to have to get the soil ready. Each plant you want to grow will require the soil to be a certain PH. It’s easy enough to determine the PH of your soil with a PH meter. So go ahead and pick one of those up too.  If your seeds require different PHs you will need to map out your garden. This could be fun, treat it like a treasure map. Go crazy, get some crayons and make it colorful. Or don’t. Your call.  If your soil is not the correct PH there are plenty of ways to adjust it. But if it’s truly your first time, perhaps consider the current PH of your soil and factor that in to  Step 1.
  5. Plant, nurture, and grow.  Your plants will also require a certain amount of water, food, and maintenance. This should all be on your seed package, but if it’s not, your good friend Google will come in handy again.

 These are just the basics. But experience is the best teacher, so get out there and garden!

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