Entire gardening books have been written about the different soil conditions needed for gardens--even those tended by casual and weekend gardeners. We have talked about the importance of pH in many articles, but there are other important areas, too.
Two that come to mind have to do with adequate drainage and the grade of the soil. You might have soil that doesn't have enough drainage or that has too much and you can have soil that is bulky or clumpy or even, believe it or not, too fine. So how do you know what you need to do and the best way to deal with everything is? The truth is that what you want to plant will make all of the decisions for you.
Perhaps the best thing about the experience of gardening is that as you learn what you need to do, over time the lessons you learn become better embedded in your brain. So, in terms of subject matters like the optimal times for planting, however, there are some guidelines that you can follow. You need to have some idea about the best soil temperature along with general trends in the cycles for warming.
There are always hybrid variations being introduced and this is good knowledge for gardeners who want to play around with new things every year. This should make you start paying attention to what is being offered in the ways of guidance and planting.
A lot of people tend to have a smaller collection of gardening tools and they tend to keep them forever. There isn't really anything wrong with this habit but you need to think carefully about what you need so that you can get as much done in as little time as possible. Try to take stock of where you are physically and fitness-wise.
So, for instance, you can often find long and short handled varieties of the same tool. You should consider both of these versions but the benefit of the longer handled type will keep you from having to spend so much time bending over and kneeling for long periods of time.
Gardening is an unusual activity and area of interest because it is something usual done alone, or with another family member. Yet, at the same time it can be a wonderful way to meet new people and network with them. Most areas have groups of local enthusiasts you can join as well as online forums and groups.
There can be so many variables that come into play when you are planning your garden, and it really does not matter if you are growing beautiful flowers or tasty vegetables. Space is all-important and will pretty much determine quite a bit. Don't let yourself get discouraged by small spaces if you really are determined to plant things like vegetables. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you plant in wide rows.