“April Showers Bring May Flowers…”

If you’re thinking of adding a garden to your Centreville, VA home this year, now is the time to start. The weather is still cool but we should have seen the last of overnight freezes. To start off, decide if you want a flower or vegetable garden, and do a little research into what grows best in your area. Then, decide where to put the garden in your yard. InsideNOVA has some good tips on what to keep in mind when deciding where to plant:

“Keep in mind vegetables need at least six hours of sun each day, so plant away from the shade of buildings, trees and shrubs. Planting close to your house may make you more likely to bring your harvest right into your kitchen, and will help you remember to weed and water. Including rain and irrigation, your garden needs at least one inch of water per week. Make sure you can easily access a water supply nearby. … Be sure to choose a level area of your yard so when watering it will not pool in lower areas.”

Next you need to prepare the area for gardening. In some cases this might involve the removal of a tree or a stump to clear the area. If that is the case, you may want to consider hiring a good tree removal service in Centreville to do the job for you. Then, once the area has been cleared, it’s time to start working the soil:

Unfortunately some of us live in areas with lousy soil. Perhaps you’ve planted flowers every year but they just don’t seem to get enough nutrients. This is just the nature of the beast when it comes to gardening, but fortunately there are a few tricks you can try to improve your soil:

Restoring Your Soil

“Mary, Mary quite contrary … ” How does your garden grow? Even if the answer is “not well,” a black thumb might not be to blame. Instead, the culprit could be poor soil quality. …

You might have to experiment for a year or two to find out what works best for your particular garden. But that’s the fun part!

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