Knowing everything about your land and the soil that you want to use for your garden spot will be very beneficial to your gardening maintenance. If you know what plants you want in your garden you can check your soil texture to make sure that there is enough nutrients in the soil for that plant. Check also to see if your garden spot will receive enough sunlight to sustain the plants you are planting.
Finding out what the PH in your soil will help you decide if you will need to add fertilizer to your soil. If the soil is poor changes are you will need to add some type of fertilizer. If your soil is to sticks together to much sand may need to be added to help with draining water from the soil and plants.
Having your soil prepared well before you get stated will make your plant maintenance easier. The most work will come once you have started planting. Weeds will become your worse enemy once your plants start growing. If you do not remove the weeds they will soon take over and choke out your plants. Another problem could be insects. The key to avoiding insects is to get a jump on them before they jump on your plants. You can purchase several kinds of pesticides at your local hardware store.
After you have spent many hours in the garden you will be pleased with what happens. All of the wonderful vegetables or flowers which ever you decide to plant will make you very satisfied. A garden and its maintenance is very time consuming but will pay off in the long run. You will need to decide if you are planting only enough food for you and your family or if you will want to plant enough so that you can sell some and make a profit.