There are many reasons why it can be fun and practical to have your own garden. It can be a relaxing hobby and a great way to help take care of our planet. In this economy, people are looking for ways to cut down on spending and to eat healthier. Starting your own garden is a great way to do both. It also gives a person a sense of pride when one serves food they have grown. 

The good thing about gardens is they come in all shapes and sizes. There are also several types of gardens to have. There are flower gardens, herb gardens, vegetable gardens to name a few. Many people have a garden with a mix of plants and herbs. 

The best way to find out if gardening is a hobby for you is to start your own. Be sure to start small. Start with a plant bed of twenty-five to thirty feet square. This provides enough room for about thirty plants. The nice thing about having your own garden is you can expand it if you have enough room.

After deciding how big to make your plant bed, you'll want to find an idea spot for your garden. Gardening can be done anywhere with at least six hours of sunlight. Make sure the area is away from large trees and plants that will take the garden's water and nutrients. It should be at least three feet away from fences and buildings. If in a hot climate, be sure the garden will have shade from at least part of the intense afternoon sun. Gardens can be healthy even with ten to twelve hours of sunlight. However, not all plants can survive in that heat. Be sure your plants are adaptable to your climate. 

Soil can always be improved, but a site with good soil is a plus. Avoid areas with rocky soil, steep slopes and places where water stands. When you find a good spot for your garden, start digging. Remember gardening is a dirty job. It is best to wear gloves to protect your hands and fingernails. Remove any rocks, debris, grass and weeds. Then dig the spot for the plant about one foot deep. Level the dirt and add compost or minerals if needed. If the soil is too acidic, add lime. If the soil is too sandy, add pea moss. Plants grow best in neutral to acidic soil with a little fertilizer. 

If you buy seeds, plant them according to the package directions. When choosing what plants to buy, make sure the leaves and stems are green and healthy looking. Make sure the roots look healthy also. Place the smaller plants towards the front of your garden and the larger plants in the back. 

Planting at the right time is another key to having a healthy garden. Make sure the frosts are over before planting. When planting seeds the package will usually say when to plant them to get maximum growth. Make sure the plants get the right amount of water. You can water them by hand or use a sprinkler system. a sprinkler hose also works fine. Watering is more effective during the cooler parts of the day like the morning and evening. Most plants require about an inch of water per week. During the hottest periods plants will need to be watered three times a week at least. 

Adding just a few inches of organic mulch will increase the plant's fertility. It will also help the soil to hold more moisture. Wood chips, grass clippings, leaves, manure and pine needles can all be used as mulch. Use these basic step to create a beautiful garden.