10 Important Things For Any Garden

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1. Water
This should be #1 on any list as plants need sun and water to grow.  A close and easy access to water is vital for any garden to be successful.  No more needs to be said this is a no brainer.  Water can be placed in the garden as a decoration as well.  A little waterfall or a trickling stream goes a long way in creating a soothing and peaceful atmosphere for any garden.

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2.  Compost Pile
Compost piles are extremely useful in the garden.  They not only provide a place to throw all old plants, weeds, kitchen scraps, and numerous other things but turn this waste into rich nutrient filled soil to return to your garden.  If you dont have a compost pile I highly recommend allocating a little space for one.

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3. Tool Shed
They come in all shapes and sizes.  No matter large or small sheds keep your tools dry, safe, and organized.  It is important to keep good care of your tools as they are helping you get the most out of your garden.  I have found my tool shed extremely useful in storing all tools, gasoline, netting, poles, and lumber.  I feel clean and organized gardens are more appealing so I try and keep my garden clutter free and the tool shed is a vital part in doing that.

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4.  Fruit Trees
If you have the space and time fruit trees can be extremely valuable.  Trees produce yearly and can cut down costs at the supermarket as fruit is expensive.  And it always looks nice to have a colorful fruit filled tree in your garden.  Who doesn’t want their favorite fruit for free?

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5.  Pots
Do you have bad soil, a balcony, or bad soil?  Dont worry!  Pots can come to the rescue.  Decorative pots can add beauty and quality to any space.  Even if you have a big garden pots are really useful and can be placed anywhere.  Using pots can maximize your gardening space.

6.  Nice Pathways
Pathways not only create an avenue for you to get around in your garden, but can also keep your garden organized.  That is not all, nice pathways show the garderners creativity as well.  Pathways can be made from anything such as rocks, wood, gravel, mulch, grass, flowers, bricks, and water.   I like this link for creative ideas.

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7.  Perennial Flowers
Everyone loves to look at beautiful flowers.  Make your neighbors jealous and random people stop and stare at your garden by planting perennials.  These flower require little work as they come back every year and multiply all by themselves.  Save time and money by adding some of your favorite perennials to your garden space.

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8.  Trellis
Trellisses have many advantages for your garden and plants.  Growing vertically can give you valuable extra garden space and increase your harvest all in one.  Trellising also is aesthetically pleasing when used in arches or a cover for a walkway.  I am a huge advocate of the benefits of trellising plus they are fun to make.  Tomatoes, beans, pumpkins, grapes, melons, zuchinni, and passion fruit all flourish on a trellis.  If you haven’t already you should give trelissing a go!

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9.  Ground Cover
For those spaces that are not being used a ground cover goes a long way in inhibiting weeds and making your garden look better.  As I learned from my “Got Ground Cover” post, ground cover takes many forms and you have many beautiful options besides gravel.  You can plant perennials, grass, put a water feature, nice pathway,  and round rocks to make your garden stand out from the others.

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10.  Companion
I find I stay on task and get more done when my wife, kids, or friends are helping me in the garden.  Plus it makes it that much more fun to have someone by your side sharing in something that you love to do.  Having samone to share your failures, successes, and harvest takes your gardening experience to another level.

When I first started this list it was of the things I was thankful for in my garden.  This isn’t a list of super important, must have things except for water.  But the more I think about it all ten points are extremely helpful in maximizing your garden area to be more efficient, beautiful and successful in whatever your gardening endeavors might be.   Some of these things are a luxury and I am thankful to be lucky enough to have them in my garden. But I highly recommend you to incorporate as many of these tips into your garden as you can.

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