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Your garden can be key to an productive life style just by a little bit of planning. So whether you have a large garden or just a small garden, which seems to be more of a ‘norm’ nowadays, you can make your garden a little more productive with a 12×5 shed. What you need to be aware of is not to try to cram to much into your garden.
If your garden is not very large then only plant items which you feel you can control and where ever possible try to utilise the sunniest part of your garden for your most important crops, whether it is vegetables, flowers or fruit. Ideally a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine is best for most crops although a few can flourish with less.
Clearly you will need water for the time of year when there is no rainfall but a hose connected to the outside tap will fulfil this function. If you have a garden shed then fix gutters and downpipes onto the side of the shed. Ensure that the down pipe feeds down into a water barrel so that you can utilise this water. As well as being eco friendly this will help to relieve your water bill by a small bit, if you are on a water meter. It is possible to get clip on gutters for your garden shed from Marley if you are looking for an easier option.
The soil in your garden should ideally have a neutral pH so where ever possible try to add natural matter (compost) dug into the ground. This compost can be created in a compost heap, which can be situated behind your shed, and just by the addition of garden, paper, cardboard and kitchen waste will rot down into valuable matter for your garden. Ideally try to get 5% of your garden to contain natural matter.
The type of ground in your garden, whether it is sandy, humus or a clay type of soil, will all benefit from this compost. By adding a couple of inches into clay this will help to break up the clay and enable it to retain more water. Besides your compost you will find that horse manure, grass cuttings, peat, leaves and sawdust will all help. If you got a garden shed factory nearby just have a word with them. I know when I rang my garden shed business it used to cost me a lot of money to dispose of this sawdust so you could be doing them a favour.
The addition of nitrogen fertiliser will aid the natural decomposition of any natural products so utilise this with any mulch which you may have. Before planting you should till the soil as this will help air to integrate into the soil. And this air will aid any vegetables or produce you are growing.
Avoid tilling the soil when the ground is sodden as this will not break down very well. The best time to prepare the soil is during the winter. By digging the soil and turning it over this will allow the frost to break down this soil into a fine tilth which will be perfect for planting.
After all this preparation you need to decide what produce to grow. You will find this information on the seed packets as to the best time to sow, often between 12×5, and when you should expect your crop to be ready. Garden centres are also good sources of information as to when you should plant for the best crops.
By utilising your garden in this way you will save money, you will ensure really fresh produce as well as staying fit. You will find that the need for the expensive health and fitness centre will diminish, saving you further money.