Gardening puts us back in touch with nature on a personal level. We protect and care for our plants with the hopes of a bountiful harvest of such rewards as flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. The only way to realize this type of harvest, though, is by knowing the right tips to make it happen. Below are 7 tips to grow plants successfully in your garden.
1. Select the plants first before the area for the garden. Why is this? All the plants that you place in a given area need a similar amount of sunlight for one thing. For example, corn, beans, and other vegetables need full sun, for the most part, to realize optimum growth so you can place them in the same garden area. Marigolds also enjoy full sun, but host as grow better in shady areas, and this means that you would not place these two plants in the same area.
2. Locate the garden in the right area of the yard for the plants you plan to grow in it. Analyze how much sun the area gets during the morning and afternoon to ensure that your plants receive sufficient sun for their needs. Ideally, the area should receive the sun during from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Shady areas are fine if they are in the hottest part of the day in the late afternoon, as long as the plants receive enough sun by then each day.
4. Prepare the garden area by loosening the soil so the plant roots can easily seek out moisture and nutrients. On top of this, the soil needs various amendments to ensure it is rich in nutrients. Take a soil sample to your local extension service and it will test it free for you so you can know which nutrients you need to add to the soil. Nutrients are easy to add with compost or commercial fertilizers. Work either one thoroughly into your soil. The same procedure here works for either traditional or organic gardening. Just make sure the additives are right for an organic garden.
5. If you plan to start your garden from seed, plant the seeds inside about 6 weeks prior to the last frost in your area. You will need to harden off the seedlings you harvest before transplanting them outside. Flowers, vegetables and even fruit trees come in seedling form in garden centers, and are ready to plant straight in the ground. Seedlings should be healthy or avoid them. Seeds and seedlings both should be certified organic when you select to garden organically.
6. Group plants together that have similar water and nutrient needs. Caring for your plants will be easier when you do this. Each plant will come with instructions on how deep the individual holes need to be for planting just follow the directions. Water plants once you backfill in the holes.
7. If you are like most gardeners, you will now have to protect your plants from various pests in your garden, including dogs, cats and squirrels. Luckily, there are natural products that will prevent these animals and others from damaging your plants.
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