10 STEPS TO GARDEN SUCCESS Here are the basic steps to follow as you create and care for your garden. 1. Choose a site - Where will your garden grow? Picking the spot where your garden will put down its roots depends mostly on where you have space for growth and what you want to grow. Always give your primary preference to sunlight, space, soil conditions, convenience, and access to water when selecting a site for your garden. 2. Prepare the site. Decide whether you will plant in containers, in garden beds, or existing soil. Plan to include composting in your garden to make the soil richer and better. You should provide irrigation and drainage facilities at your irrigated site. Sunlight is another major factor that you should keep in mind while preparing your backyard garden plot. 3. Select seeds and plants. Choose the vegetables and flowers you want to grow and decide if you will grow them from seeds or from purchased plants. When the time is right, plant seeds and seedlings in the site you have prepared for them. Growing a plant from seed is as simple as placing the seed in favorable conditions for growth and letting it do what comes naturally. Some crops grow better from seeds planted right in the spot where they will grow to maturity. Everything else, which may be too much or almost nothing, is cunning. 4. Start seeds indoors. In places where the growing season is short, starting seeds of heat-loving crops like tomatoes and peppers indoors is a way to ensure they have enough time to produce fruits before cold weather returns. But not everyone has the time, space, or interest to provide the conditions needed to start seeds during late winter—that’s why garden centers sell transplants (garden-ready seedlings) of many popular flowers and vegetables. 5.  Using Organic Fertilizers. Try to make your homemade liquid fertilizer; If you search on the Internet, you will find many of them. But if you understand the basic principle of homemade fertilizer, you do not need anyone's help. Food waste (without any oil) or plant waste is stored in buckets or containers for a few months at room-friendly temperature; The liquid coming out of that bucket or container is considered a liquid fertilizer. 6. Care for your plants. Over the course of the growing season, they may need supplemental water and nutrients, help fending off pests or competition from weeds, pruning, trellising, and harvesting. 7. Never use synthetic pesticides because if you are using the same chemicals that big farmers are using to protect their crops, then what does it mean to do organic farming. 8. Extend the season. This is a small reason for protection from the cold because all garden crops need to get a head start on the growing season in spring and pull it in late fall. With careful planning and use of simple season-extension tools, you can have the earliest tomatoes in your neighborhood and enjoy freshly picked salads with a Thanksgiving dinner. 9. Clean up and prepare for winter. As the harvest winds down, gather up the fading plants and add them to compost piles to replenish the soil for next year’s gardens. 10. Be patient and Learn from your mistakes. Start with the easy stuff. Some vegetables and flowers are easier to grow than others. Don’t try to grow oranges in Ohio or tulips in South Texas. Stick with the tried-and-true flowers and produce that thrive in your area, and choose disease-resistant varieties whenever possible. (Martin, 2014) References Martin, D. L.  (2014). Rodale's basic organic  gardening: A beginner's guide to starting a healthy garden. Rodale. --- Send in a voice message:

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