Thursday, February 3, 2022 / by Margie Wright
Know Your Soil
The soil in your garden is your foundation. Knowing what it can grow and what it needs to improve is crucial. You don't want to spend time and energy and money trying to grow things that simply won't grow because the soil isn't made for it. Reach out to your local agricultural extension office to have your soil tested. This is the best way to find out what your soil is like, what it needs, and what it can grow. They'll also know how to guide you on the path to bettering your soil!
Making sure your garden is properly drained and fertilized will also ensure that it is well taken care of and your crops have the best chance at thriving. Starting a compost pile or adding composted manure to your soil will give it more life and a greater biodiversity. It also gives it a better texture for gardening. The biodiversity will have great organisms that can help your crops grow bigger and better, reducing your risk of lost crops. However, this does rely on having a properly drained garden. You may have to install a drain or dry creek bed to help ensure proper drainage.
Choose the Right Trees
Trees and shrubs really liven a place up, but they can also cause some unexpected damages and costs. You want things that will last a long time with few issues. With that in mind, don't grow things that have a high possibility of causing problems down the line. Consider the size, form, and habits of the trees you may want. How big will they get? Will the roots grow to be too large and compromise the foundation of your home? Try to avoid anything that has weak limbs or is susceptible to parasites and other dangers. This will only lead to tree removal which is a costly expense.
Know How Much Sun Your Garden Gets
Plants come with labels for full or partial sun for a reason! Certain plants need more sunlight than others, while others don't need to go over so many hours of sunlight. Evaluate how much direct sunlight happens in the different areas of your garden. Areas with eight hours or more of direct sunlight are the best areas to grow vegetables, fruit trees, and most flowers. Areas with partial sun are best for plants like perennials and ferns and small trees. Knowing how much sunlight is in certain areas of your garden may determine where you place your garden areas for the best results.
Purchase Plants with Confidence
If your plants keep dying or wilting, despite what you're buying and what you're doing, take a closer look at the plants that you're buying. Inspect the foliage for any signs of wilting or discoloration. If possible, slip the plant out of the pot to look for firm, white, healthy roots. It's best to buy from local garden centers, or even see if there are gardening groups in your area that do plant trades or sell plants. There are some online shops that are good to buy from as well! Make sure to check them out, check for reviews online, and see if anybody in your community can vouch for the shop.
Plant for Year Round
This little tip is if you want to enjoy the beauty of gardening at all times of the year! Obviously spring and summer will be the best times for your gardening of produce, but flowers and trees can be enjoyed at all different times of year. You don't have to do this if you don't want to, but it can make for a beautiful variety of flowers and plants to watch!