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Question: I want to start a garden in a space 43 wide and 23 ft long. How do I get this project started? Thanks in advance

Answer: I'm glad you want to start a new garden. Here are some things to keep in mind about garden placement. Most plants will need 6-8 hours of direct sunshine so situate your new garden in the sunniest spot you can find. Plants appreciate soils amended with organic matter (compost, aged-manure, etc.). Organic amendments loosen the soil, drain quickly, and as the organic matter decomposes, it releases nutrients into the soil. So, choose the sunniest spot you can find and either amend the soil by spreading 3-4" of organic matter over the top and digging it in to a depth of 8-10". I'd start out small and expand the garden as your interest and energy allows. A 3' by 3' plot, for instance, is large enough to grow radishes, lettuces, and carrots. Peas and beans need more room and need to be staked upright or given a trellis on which to grow. Tomatoes, peppers and squash need lots and lots of room. After preparing the soil, plant your seeds or your transplants and be sure to water them as often as necessary to keep them healthy and happy. Best wishes with your new garden!

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