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Home & Garden

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New to gardening? Tips for green thumb

New to gardening? Here are fresh tips for successful gardening:

Start small. Of course, “small” is a relative term; in an area of, say, only 100 square feet, you can plant a lot more than you might think.

Start a compost pile. Create a simple pile in an out-of-the-way corner of your property or place a store-bought composter in a sunny spot in the yard. Use what you make.

Maintain healthy soil. Try to avoid walking on the soil in established gardens, because every step compacts the soil, and compaction makes it difficult for roots to grow.

Mulch. Mulch suppresses weed growth, maintains soil moisture, stabilizes soil temperatures and much more.

Visit the garden regularly. If you’ll spend just 10 minutes a day wandering around your lawn and garden you’ll form an invaluable bond with everything that grows.