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A Good Garden Does Not Grow - It Is Made!

The one of the most important things to consider in picking out the spot for your garden is exposure to the sun. If choosen right, exposure is going to yield you with happiness and delicious vegetables all summer, or even for many years. Pick out the "earliest" spot you can find that seems to catch sunshine early and hold it late, and that seems to be out of the direct path of the chilling north and northeast winds. If a building, or even an old fence, protects it from this direction, your garden will be helped along wonderfully. Keep this in mind, because for an early start is a great big factor toward success.
  • Always try to keep nearly rectangular shape of your garden plot. Rectangular shape is more convenient to work with and at the same it is also easier to keep clean and neat.
  • If you can, have garden large enough, or at least open on two ends, so that a machinery can be used in plowing and harrowing.
  • If by any means you can have garden within reach of an adequate supply of water, that will be a tremendous help in seasons of protracted drought.
  • Every hour spent on the plan will mean several hours saved in the garden. Do not leave the planning of your garden until you are ready to put the seeds in the ground and then do it all in a rush.
  • Do your garden planning in January, as  soon as you have received the new year's catalogues and when you have time to study over them and look up your record of the previous year.
  • If you have enough ground, lay off two plots for your garden, so that you can take advantage of the practice of rotation, alternating grass, potatoes or corn with the vegetable garden. Of course it is possible to practice crop rotation to some extent within the limits of even the small vegetable garden, but it will be much better, if possible, to rotate the entire garden-patch.
  • Plan your work, and work your plan. But do not yield to the temptation to plant more than you can look out for later on. Remember it is much easier to sow seeds than to pull out weeds.
  • Set about procuring manures of all kinds from every available source. Remember that anything, which will rot, will add to the value of your manure pile. Muck, lime, old plastering, sods, weeds (earth and all), street, stable and yard sweepings--all these and numerous others will increase your garden successes of next year.
For better results with your garden, always try to follow instructions given in guide for our way of gardening. In our way of gardening there are four great helps, four things that will be of great assistance to the experienced gardener, and that are indispensable to the success of the beginner. They are:
  1. Planting Plan
  2. Planting Table 
  3. Check List
  4. Garden Record
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