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How to Find a Home with a Great Yard for Gardening

Gardening is an excellent pastime for those who want to improve their mental and physical health, but growing plants in a new city can be quite challenging. You will need to consider a wide array of variables ranging from the soil type to the direction that your yards face. Here are a few tips that you can use to find a new home that will be perfect for gardening.


Garden Size

Your garden can be any size that you would like, but you might need to do some calculations if you want a solid yield. You must also think about how much time you are willing to invest in your garden. A small garden on the side of your home will only require a few minutes of work per day, but you won’t get much yield from it. It should also be noted that different plants need different amounts of space between one another to prevent them from fighting over resources like water and soil nutrients. This is especially important if you plan to have your garden be a food garden rather than a flower garden, as food gardens should include special spacing for rows.

Yard Orientation

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, then your garden should face southward. A south-facing garden will get plenty of sunlight as the sun passes overhead, and that should increase your yield if you are growing full sun vegetables that need at least seven hours of sunlight per day. Some of the most popular full sun vegetables include tomatoes, squash, peppers, eggplants, and cucumbers. Flowers also need plenty of sunlight and should be set facing southward as well. If having a gardening-friendly home is important to you, then this is something you should inform your real estate agent about. Any quality real estate service will be able to help you find quality homes with large, south-facing yards if you make it clear that this is a priority. Keep in mind, it’s a lot easier to add shade later for the plants that need it than it is to try and find more space for sunlight in a new yard.

Soil Type

Getting a professional soil assessment before you make an offer on a home isn’t always practical, and that means you will need to do some investigating. If your real estate agent doesn’t offer soil assessments as part of their real estate services, then you should ask them if they know of any local landscaping contractors. An experienced contractor should be able to tell you what type of soil is most common in your area. You can also do a search online to find what the soil type native to your region is, though this may not be as accurate due to the process that many yards go through in home building and yardscaping.

Elevation and Climate

Different types of vegetables thrive in different areas, and you should spend some time researching which plants naturally grow in your climate. For colder climates, you will probably need to focus on root and cruciferous vegetables that don’t need much sunlight. You can also warm up the soil and block the wind with tarps, windbreaks, mulch, and gardening sheets. With those devices and materials, you might be able to alter the average temperature of your soil by as much as five degrees.

As a final tactic, you should take a look at some of the nearby houses to see if anyone has thriving gardens. Many avid gardeners love to speak with those who have similar interests, and your future neighbors could be a great resource when it comes time to plant your first seedlings. While gardening itself can be a quiet, solitary activity, the gardening community is vast and ready to help any fellow green thumbs with their gardening projects.


Author Bio: Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family.  She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise.  Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons.  You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here <> and Twitter right here <>.*



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