Q: I want to start a garden, but I have no idea how to start. What should I do?

A: As "eco-urbanist" David Tracey says, "The seeds know how to grow". The first thing to do if you want to have a good garden is look at the soil you have to work with. If you don't have good garden soil to grow your seeds/plants in then you're going to have a difficult time growing a successful garden. If the soil you are using is covered in grass and weeds then remove the top vegetation from the soil and sift through the dirt to get the soil out.

Is your garden soil rich and dark with worms in it? If not, begin by digging in some rich garden soil into the soil you have. If you have access to compost dig that into your soil. If you don't have access to good compost then contact folks in your community who garden and get tips from them on a good source for garden dirt. Work the good soil into your garden area and try to not incorporate any weed material into your garden.

Good luck and have fun growing your garden.

From Elois Yaxley – DSF Gardening Guru

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Comments (2)

My wife and I moved into a new house a year and a bit ago (2 garden seasons) and we read a great article on Mother earth news that inspired us to make a veg. garden in our front lawn. The key to success was not to go and dig up the lawn but to build your garden on top of the lawn. We covered our lawn with a thick layer of news paper (you could use cardboard--I've since found that appliance stores and fridge boxes are perfect and can be cut to fit quite nicely).

We then planned our beds and placed almost 100% compost and bark mulch paths. Plant your seeds and Voila instant garden... our garden has thrived and in the first year we got loads of produce. It has since started to take over the other half of our lawn and is an easy one day project.

Good luck

Paul | July 31, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Dennis Avenue School in Toronto, ON has just started their first vegetable garden and native plant garden on the school grounds. We also made 2 truck tires into planters for the marigolds we started from seed. We got the compost from the city for free! The mulch was brought in by TDSB just by making a phone call. We planted the seeds and to the kid's amazement and thrill...they actually do know what to do!

Rosemary | May 24, 2009 at 1:27 PM
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