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Home Gardening is growing in popularity. One in four families does some type of home gardening, with the majority of gardens located in urban areas. To be a successful home gardener requires following a few simple basic rules and making practical decisions.

A lot of urban gardeners have little choice, but an area that is exposed to either full or almost full sunlight, with deep, well drained fertile soil is perfect. The location should be near a water outlet and be free of competition from any existing shrubs or trees.

As a home gardener, one the first major decisions is deciding what you want to grow. Proper variety selection is an important key to successful home gardening. The wrong variety might not produce satisfactory yields regardless of subsequent care or attention. If your garden is not in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, you could always try leafy crops such as leaf lettuce, mustard and parsley.

A gardener needs to plan for their home gardening just like an architect does for their building. Plants should be grouped according their rate of maturity.
Many gardens do not have deep, well drained, fertile soil which is ideal for home gardening, so the soil has to be altered to provide good drainage and aeration. Never work wet garden soil. To test is the soil is suitable for working, squeeze a small handful of soil together. If it sticks together in a ball and does not readily crumble under slight pressure by the thumb and finger, it is too wet for using.

Seeds germinate better in well.prepared soil than in coarse, lumpy soil. An ideal soil for planting with your home gardening is granular, and not powdery fine. Proper fertilization is another important factor; the amount of fertilizer needed will depend on soil type and crops. Once you have decided the proper amount of fertilizer for a preplant application, apply the fertilizer just a few days before planting.

Plant your garden as soon as possible in the spring and fall so the plants will grow and mature during ideal conditions. Gardens need plenty of watering so that the water will penetrate the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches. For the best production, most gardens will require a moisture supply equivalent to 1 inch of rain a week during the growing season.

A long handled hoe is the best tool for the control of any unwanted plants, such as weeds. Mulching will increase the growth of your home gardening and it will conserve moisture, prevent weed growth and regulate the soil temperature.

Christina Gray is a recognized authority on the subject of home gardening. Her web page Ultimate Home Gardening gives a wealth of information and resources on everything you will need to know about home gardening. All rights reserved. Articles may be reprinted as long as all the content and links remains intact and unchanged.

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