Your First Garden: 10 Things to Do in the Garden in December

1. What are the benefits of starting a garden?

A garden provides many benefits to the home owner such as:

It keeps pests away from your house and property. It helps reduce weeds and other unwanted plants growing around your yard. It protects against frost damage when it snows or freezes during winter months.

It provides food for animals, fish, birds, insects and even humans!

2. How much does it cost to start a garden?

The price depends on the size of the plot and where you live. You may have to pay money for some materials like soil, fertilizers, seeds etc. but there are lots of places online where you can buy these items for cheap.

Also, if you want to grow vegetables or flowers indoors then you will need electricity too which is usually cheaper than outside.

3. What kind of soil should

I use?

You can choose between a sandy, loamy or clay type of soil. Sand and loam soils are very common types used in gardens today. Clay soils are generally less fertile and require special care to prevent mold growth. Soil is one of the most expensive items you’ll need to purchase before setting out to start your own garden.

4. What are the tools

I need to start a garden?

You can start small with a hand trowel, watering can, spade and hand hoe. As your garden grows you may need to expand your tool collection with items like a shovel and pick axe. A wheelbarrow is also handy for heavy materials. Gardening gloves will protect your hands from blisters and disease.

5. Where is the best place to start a garden?

The best location for a garden is a spot that gets six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. It should be open to the sky and away from trees, hedges or anything that may block the sunlight from reaching your plants. You can also try starting a container garden on your patio or anywhere indoors where you have enough light.

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6. What time of year is best to start a garden?

Anytime is a good time to start a garden! However, as a rule of thumb you should wait until all danger of frost has passed before beginning your outdoor garden and waiting until late spring to start your first indoor garden.

7. What is the best type of plants to grow?

You can try growing fruit trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables or leafy greens. Some plants may be better suited for your area than others. You can also choose to grow plants that need a lot of sunlight or those that like it a bit shadier.

Some good choices include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, asparagus, peas, berries and citrus.

8. What type of fertilizer do

I need?

Most plants prefer natural fertilizers such as animal manure, bone meal and blood meal. You can also use leaf mold, rotted down hay or grass clippings.

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