The history of the garden in England can be traced all the way back to Roman times. The great conquerors brought with them advanced farming and irrigation techniques that allowed any homeowner with arable land to maintain a garden. The tradition continued long after the Roman Empire fell.
At the time, of course, vegetable and fruit gardens were grown because families needed the extra food. But today people have supermarkets and fruit stalls. Few people actually need the food they grow in garden. So, why do they keep them?
For most people, gardening is a rewarding and relaxing weekend activity. Getting down in the dirt and planting seeds or turning the soil helps them relieve stress and get some much needed outdoor exercise.
Millions of UK residents also plant flower gardens for the decorative effect. They use teak garden furniture and other outdoor ornaments to draw attention to their gardens.
Where to start? The first and most important decision that you must make is where to grow your new garden.
You must find a plot of lawn that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.
The plot should be level and it must not be located near any large trees, since large trees have large roots that suck up the ground water.
Whichever fruits or vegetables you choose to plant, it is important to give them room to grow. No matter the size, most plants require at least eighteen inches on each side.
The most popular crops for beginning gardeners are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, peas and spinach.