New Garden in 10 Easy Steps
In your mind's eye, you see the new trees, the beautiful shrubs and flowers. Or maybe it's
that vegetable garden with neat rows of luscious plants. You can see it, but you just don't
quite know how to make it happen. Not to worry. Just follow these 10 easy steps.
Draw a rough outline of your yard on paper. Then sketch in where you want your garden to go.
Try to match up the size and location of your future garden with the kinds of plants you want
Let the Sun Shine
All plants need sun, and most flowers and vegetables need a good six hours of sunlight. If
your spot doesn't get that much, plan a shade garden.
Stake Claim to Your New Garden
Now you need to lay out your garden's shape with stakes and strings or a garden hose. If
necessary, you may need to kill existing grass and other vegetation with Roundup® Weed and
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Dig the planting site
You've done the planning. Now it's time for the dirty work. Prepare the area by digging
about eight inches deep for most flowers, or deep enough for the root balls of your new trees
or shrubs. Make sure you break up any dirt clods, and remove stones and plant debris.
Condition the soil
You want soil that's easy to work with. Mend your garden with Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for
Flowers and Vegetables by adding about two to four inches on your new beds and Rake it into the
existing soil. Your goal is to achieve a fine, crumbly surface.
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Plant seeds or container plants
Simply follow the directions on your seed packets, plant tags or containers for best
results. They will give you easy instructions for planting depth, proper location and full
height and width of your plants.
To avoid transplant shock and get plants off to a good start, apply Miracle-Gro® according
to package direction. After you plant, keep the beds moist. If you don't get any rain, you
should water daily until the plants are well established. After that, water weekly.
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Blanket out weeds
A 2-inch covering of Scotts Nature Scapes mulch in Sierra Red or Classic Black placed
in between your plants will help keep weeds from creeping back and add color to your
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Keep up appearances
Your garden is in place. So you want to control weeds, pinch off the dead heads of flowers,
and feed regularly with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed every 7-14 days.
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Clean up after the show
Once the flowers have had their last bloom, and you've harvested the last vegetable clear
out the dead stems and flowers. The dead stems of perennials can harbor harmful pests during
the winter. While you're at it, try planting some hardy bulbs for next spring.
It's your garden, so have fun with all phases of it. When you're choosing plants, don't hold
back. Try mixing them up for unusual colors, heights, and fragrances. Give them a backdrop of
shrubs and ornamental grasses. There's a lot to explore, and the possibilities are endless,
even for a small garden.