There’s nothing quite like a garden in full bloom, but all that beauty takes work. Fortunately, it’s not that hard to turn your own yard into a botanical work of art.  Your garden can be the talk of your Connecticut neighborhood with a little extra love and care.

Here's how you can do it: 

1) Prepare your garden
Start by removing all of the weeds, making sure to pull out the roots. Make sure you revitalize the soil by adding fertilizer or compost.

2) Determine sunlight exposure
Observe your garden’s sun exposure throughout the day to make sure you know exactly how much sunlight each area of your garden gets. Purchase the appropriate flowers for each spot.
3) Pick your flowers
Before buying anything, consider if you want annuals or perennials. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Annuals only live for one season, but are typically cheaper and bloom all season long. Perennials last several years but have a shorter blooming life and are usually more expensive.

4.) Choose vegetable plants
Here are 4 easy-to-grow veggies to get you started:
a. Zucchini. The summer squash grows quickly and is simple to plant and care for.
b. Peas. Snap and snow peas take several months to grow. You can plant them early in the season, even before the soil is completely warm.
c. Tomatoes. Sweet cherry tomatoes grow quickly and will turn any salad into a gourmet dish. Choose an area that gets full sun exposure.
d. Cabbage. Cabbages hardly need any care; just be sure to use slug bait to keep those critters away.

5) Plant!
Before you get started, check your seed packets for the best planting time in your region.  Be sure to plan out your garden in full detail before you start digging. Remember - don't plant too early or too late in the season!

On the day of planting, your soil should be moist and prepared for seeding. When planting each seed or flower, first determine how far beneath the soil that particular plant needs to go, then dig an appropriate hole and add fertilizer per the package instructions. Incorporate the fertilizer into the soil, then place your seed or flower in the hole and fill the hole with soil. Lastly, add mulch to help ward off diseases and weeds.
6) Maintenance
The amount of water each flower needs for growth can differ greatly. Make sure every plant in your garden gets the right amount of water. Weed your garden regularly to keep it looking beautiful and always trim wilted, dead blossoms to allow new growth to form.

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