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Gardening is an activity that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people. Gardening can be done just about anywhere that an individual gardener can find some soil, light and ventilation to grow a plant. Gardening can be done in large plots of land, in small containers, in hanging baskets, in pots on a windowsill. A lot of things can be grown in those containers, from flowering plants to vegetables.

First time gardeners frequently have visions of large expanses covered with the plant of the gardenerís dream. If the beginner wants to experience the taste of fresh vegetables, picked at their freshest, right from the plant, the beginner might envision a large area filled with a variety of vegetables, all at their best. Those who want to begin flower gardening may have dreams of that same large area, covered in colorful blossoms. Neither beginner has any idea of the work that it takes to accomplish this gardening task. The gardener might not even realize that all the plants in that beautiful vision canít be grown in the same plot at the same time!

It is best if the beginning gardener starts small. The beginner also needs to plan the gardening tasks. How much time is available to spend on the garden? How much area is available to grow the desired plants? Will the plants even grow in that particular area? Though many plants may have a variety that can be grown in any geographic location, the new gardener must recognize that growing a form of a citrus plant will be more difficult in Alaska than it will be in Florida. A plant that likes water and a humid climate will not do well in a dry area unless the gardener is willing to do the work required to create that environment for the specific plant.

When starting a gardening task, the new gardener needs to analyze the soil that is available and then decide what needs to be done to improve the soil, if necessary, to make it appropriate for the plants that will be grown. Some plants prefer an alkaline soil. Some plants prefer an acid soil. Some plants do better in soil that drains well. Some plants arenít so picky. If the new gardener doesnít investigate the soil and the needs of the plants, any gardening activity is not going to finish well. Anyone who wants to start a garden should find a local garden center and ask the knowledgeable staff what needs to be done for the particular plants in a particular situation. Armed with the basic information, a new gardener has a better chance of successful gardening.


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