• http://www.ezhomemaintenance.com Hello everyone! It is Spring and it is time to dust off your wheelbarrow, hoe, and shovel; and get back in your gardens.

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Hello everyone! It is Spring and it is time to dust off your wheelbarrow, hoe, and shovel; and get back in your gardens. Gardens are something of a home-ownership dream of mine. I like gardens because it is a chance for me to use the space that I have, and create life and sustenance in my own backyard. So when talking about gardens, it would be supposed that we would jump right into planting. But that is probably the last thing you want to do at this point of the process.

This garden guide is about your first garden, and laying the foundation for more gardens to come.

1.) Soil

Unless you live in a agriculture hub, you are probably going to want check the pH of your soil. The reason why you want to check your pH is because certain plants thrive in acidic soil, and some plants thrive in basic soil. When deciding what to plant you will either have to raise or lower your pH, this is done by adding dolomitic lime to raise the pH of your soil, or sulfur to lower the pH of your soil. Your garden will thrive if you take the steps to make sure it does. We’ve all seen gardens that just wont support life, and its probably because that person hasn’t treated their soil. If you want your garden to thrive check your soil’s pH.

2.) Compost

Compost is an organic fertilizer that you produce yourself. It is way to reuse to the organic materials that you throw away daily. You can compost many ways: purchase a stable compost box, or place it in a black bag. Either way you want to use compost. It is a cheap way to fertilize and you can reduce the amount of waste that you send into the environment. It is all around good idea. So start a compost pile.

3.) Fertilize

There are two types of basic balanced fertilizer 6-6-6 and 8-8-8. The three numbers are the ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium within the fertilizer base. It ideally depends on the size of the garden and root depth you are dealing with. You can also use fish emulsion, or manure. But the reason why you are composting is because you can reduce the amount of fertilizers you have to buy, by creating your own.

I realize we haven’t covered planting, but is spring and we are setting up our gardens to begin the growing season. Here are some quick tips though I have found across the internet and life about gardening.

* There has been a recent movement to reuse cooking water for plants. Ideally since most minerals are water soluble the theory is that using this water to water your plants will give your plants the minerals they need to absorb.

*Garden by moonlight. There has been recent research that suggests when gardening by moonlight plants actually grow more abundantly because they are synthesizing. Ideally it gives the plants more time to adjust to the soil, and absorb water before the the  photosynthesis process begins.