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Growing and Sustaining a Bee Friendly Thriving Garden 
You’ve seen those beautiful gardens on TV or in magazines and always thought you couldn’t do that. Well, not only can you do it, but it doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is a little know-how and the right set of tools. If you don't have any outside space for a garden, there are still plenty of plants that will thrive indoors with just a little care. Here is some basic information about starting your own garden and what kind of things to look out for when maintaining one. Read on to learn more. 
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The "Must Dos" for a New Gardener 
Choose a proper location for your new garden 
● First off, explore your community's laws regarding the growing of plants in public areas. You don't want to invest time and money just to be forced to remove your garden. 
● Large pots and raised beds or vertical gardens are ideal if there is no outdoor space available for your garden. If you can use outdoor space, then choose the area that is most accessible and faces south so that it gets plenty of sunlight. 
● Consider hiring a land surveyor to check the plot of land for things like utility lines, property borders, easements, and more. 
Consider the best plants for your climate and soil type 
● Your climate will play a big role in selecting plants that will set you up for success. 
● If you prefer to garden from your porch or balcony, herbs will thrive since they do not need a lot of space. It is important to research plants before committing. 
● Soil type is also important. For instance, if you have clay soil that does not drain well, then growing plants in containers that can be moved around will help. 
● Soil test kits are a simple and cheap way to learn more about your soil. Check out some of these soil test kits. 
Managing your garden through pest control 
Pest control is just as important as sunlight in maintaining a beautiful garden. There are plenty of creatures out there that will be happy to feast on your hard work. Aphids, leaf miners, slugs, snails, cutworms, and squash vine borers can quickly destroy an entire crop. Here are a few pointers for managing pests: 
● Regularly scout the garden and destroy any pests you find. 
● Companion planting helps reduce some pests. Planting marigolds, borage, nasturtiums, and daisies along with your veggies will help repel certain pests. 
● Remove any leaves or fallen branches that may harbor pests. 
● Controlling weeds is key to your success. 
Gardening is fun and healthy! 
If you have always wanted to start your own garden but never had the time or resources, now is the perfect time. With a few tips and tricks from this article, you'll be well on your way to growing an abundant and healthy crop in no time! Just keep our tips in mind and remember, growing a garden takes time. It's an ongoing learning experience, so enjoy the process! 
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