Best Garden Resource Has Noticed Homeowners are Doing Their Own Home and Garden Projects in this Struggling Economy

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Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a do it yourself gardening project come to life. Whether it's a large or small garden, it will create a sense of accomplishment. By Eleanor Brodnansky

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In this struggling economy, many people are choosing to do their own home improvement projects. Especially when it comes to the satisfying process of putting in a garden or landscaping a yard. Nothing is better than seeing a garden come to life, whether it's a beautiful green lawn, a bed of flowers, or wonderful vegetables for family and friends.

Even the First Lady planted a vegetable garden at the White House shortly after she arrived. This is reminiscent of the "Victory Gardens" during the Great Depression. Given how many families are struggling to make ends meet these days, it makes sense to plant food in the backyard.
One can create a vegetable garden with the simplest of tools and a good compost pile. Even gardens started from seed will produce lots of veggies. The best gardens are many times the simplest, created with good soil and turned several times to make it plantable. It's not necessary to have a huge plot. Some very prolific gardens are merely 10 feet by 10 feet. Also make sure the location of the plot receives at least six hours of sunlight each day. More is even better.

Another type of garden is lawns and planting beds, loaded with shrubs, flowers and trees. For the do it yourselfer, there are many good books on garden design . Start with a list of what is important to the family, such as privacy, street-side display, entertaining, recreation, gardening and relaxation. ( Better Homes and Gardens'/Home Plan Ideas)

Incorporate these interests by thinking of the yard as a room and define each area to make it a functional living space. Next, draw a rough plan of how it will be arranged, and plug in the trees, lawn, and shrubs to complete the plan. Remember that soil preparation is just as important no matter what is being planted.

Many times these projects must be done in stages, and usually the front yard is the most important, as that's the first thing seen when passing by. However, the backyard is where the family relaxes or has a bar-b-que and grows their veggies. Creating an outside room for recreation and plantings around is also important and can really change the mood of the yard. Not to mention the admiring glances and praise from the neighbors.


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