How To Make Your Garden Grow: Planting Tips
photo by ME!
I have been gardening since I was in diapers, working alongside my parents in their yard. Now, fully grown plus some, I have my own gardens and have found, through trial and error, the best ways to plant to see success in your garden. In this article, I am going to list five planting tips for your garden. I hope you find this informational and educational, and that, in the end, you have a gorgeous garden to show for it!
1) Know your hardiness zone. It is important that you know what plants will thrive in your particular climate. For example: I live in Ohio and am in hardiness zone 5. If I find a plant I like, I have to make sure it will thrive in zone 5 or higher. It is also a good idea to make sure it will thrive in a zone below your current zone, or zone 4 for my yard. That way if you have an especially cold winter, the plant will not die.
2) Know your last and first frost dates. For my area of Ohio, the last frost of the year usually comes by May 9th and the first frost of the year usually comes after October 9th. Knowing these dates is important, as some plants, like bulbs, must be planted before the first frost. Conversely, annuals, seeds, and some other plants may not be planted until the threat of frost is over in the spring.
3) Know your soil. Do you have great black gold soil that is rich and fluffy and ready to grow anything? Or do you have hard clay soil that is full of rocks and will need amended? Before you can even start picking plants to add to your garden, you have to know what soil type you have and what soil type the plant needs to thrive.
4) Know your planting depth. All plants have a preferred planting depth. For example, most spring bulbs like to be no more than 6 inches below the soil. Seeds like to be almost on top of the soil, just barely covered with dirt. Trees and shrubs need to be planted in a whole that is larger than their root ball but slightly shallower than the height of their root ball. All of these factors must be taken into consideration before planting can begin.
5) Know your plant’s fertilization requirements. Some plants require constant care and fertilizing. Other plants require little to no care or fertilizing. In order for your plants to thrive, you must follow the guidelines for that particular plant. This also means you may not want two particular types of plants planted together, as one may need lots of nutrients while the other needs none.
I hope these tips help you to plant your garden and make a thriving landscape for you and your family and wild animal friends to enjoy!
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