Many folks enjoy their own small garden in their back yards. I myself have had some sort of garden for ages. When I started my garden, my initial crop did not amount to more than half a bucket full. Thanks to my granddaddy, since then, I've had the opportunity to grow more than enough fruit and veggies to feed my entire family. It needed a lot of time and effort to make the garden work so I thought I must share with you what I have learned so you won't need to go through what I went through.

One of the primary tasks you must do when planning your garden is to make sure you choose a space that gets at least 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight everyday. Receiving the sun's rays can determine whether you get a lot of fruits and vegetables or merely a few. Sunlight really is the key to growing a productive garden.

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Once you located your spot, you want to till the garden soil with manure and seaweed. Such seaweed does not have to be from the ocean, you can find seaweed in just about any lake, pond or even river. By tilling manure and seaweed into your soil, you will be introducing an abundance of nutrients needed for your crops to thrive. When you'd rather not use manure and seaweed, self-made or ready-made compost can certainly be effective in adding nutrients to your soil.

When you are watering your garden, you should pay special attention. If you don't give enough or give too much, you might not yield enough crops as you should. As a basis, you should make sure your plants are getting 1 to 2 inches of water each week. This is basically the proper amount of water for your plants to enable them to mature strong and deep roots. If you have to water your garden due to lack of rain, you should water your plants before 10:00am. Watering during the afternoon is not a good idea since you risk having your leaves burn in the sun. If you undertake it in the evening, there is risk of fungal growth since the water does not evaporate.

With regards to trying to keep bugs off your plants I have some things that may seem unusual but they work great and you won't have to use harsh chemicals. Something you can do is to plant basil, lavender and peppermint all over your garden. These herbs organically repel many types of bugs and helps to keep deer and rabbits away. Here's an alternate way to keep insects away. Incorporate together 1 to 2 tbsps . of essence of garlic and 2 tablespoon of dish lotion with 1 cup of vegetable oil. You're going to subsequently add two tablespoons of this kind of mixture to a water filled spray bottle. Once per week, use this mixture on top of every one of your plants.