Before the weather even lets you start to prep your soil, the best thing to do is get everything in order. If you have never planted where you live, then there is much to do. You will need to get to know your soil and what, if anything, must be done so your gardens will be healthy and grow. Of course, the other things to think about are what you want to grow, whether it will grow in your area and how much work you want to put into it. In this article, let’s look at some of the more timely topics about gardening.

Soil Quality

Don’t ever start a garden without first thinking about what you will be planting in. Learn to let your plants dictate what you do and never forget that mother nature will always know best. The plants are going to have requirements of their own in terms of the soil in which they grow and any number of other things. Whether you’re starting with seeds, bulbs, or sprouts–they will each dictate the grade and soil quality you need (and other things too). Clumpy soil, for example, is never good for growing–always start with fine soil.


In the area that you live, it might seem as if the sun is all over the place throughout the year. It is important for you to notice how the sun tracks across the sky in your location. The course of the sun will also change over the course of the year. You can avoid a lot of frustration and heartache if you make sure that your gardens are placed in the best areas around your house. How much sun it gets will be a factor in deciding what to plant in them. You can expertly tailor your gardens based on your knowledge of the way the sun shines at any given period of the year.

Safe Gardening

One quick note about staying healthy in regards to the sun and your skin protection when gardening. There has been a lot of information about sun exposure so this isn’t probably anything new to you. It’s so easy to lose track of time when working in the garden and often before you know it, you have spent hours out there. It is too easy to ignore proper skin protection when you get involved in garden work. Even before going out to spend just a few minutes in your garden, take time to protect your skin.

There is nothing better than gardening tips and tricks that were learned in the real world and through real-life experiences by all of the gardeners who came before us. If you are somewhat new to all this, then we heartily urge you to become familiar faces at your local nursery. Visiting those businesses around you not only supports local businesses, but you can make friends and get some helpful gardening ideas and help along the way.