Jordan Musgrove April 14, 2020 Garden
Drainage. If you select containers that don’t drain properly, you can drown your plants. Always use containers that allow proper water flow, with holes around the bottom outer sides. If most of the holes are beneath the container, you must elevate it, at least on one side.
Before you start a home garden, you should analyze your location and consider what kind of plants you’re trying to grow. Check plant packages and catalog descriptions for details on ideal conditions for sunlight, water, planting zones, and more.
The more fertile and friable the soil, the better your vegetables will grow. The same holds true for other plants. Invariably, residential soil needs a boost, especially in new construction where the topsoil may have been stripped away. Your soil may be excessively wet, poor and infertile, or too acidic or alkaline. The solution is often simple: Add organic matter. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure to the soil when you dig or till a new bed (see Step 5). If you decide not to dig or are working with an established bed, leave the organic matter on the surface where it will eventually rot into humus. Earthworms will do most of the work of mixing humus in with the subsoil.
Do you want to plant a vegetable garden? An herb garden? A flower garden? If you choose vegetables and/or herbs for their contributions to your dinner table, identify which ones your family will eat or is willing to try. If you want flowers for their flair, color, and fragrance, decide whether you want annuals that bloom most of the summer but need to be replanted each spring or perennials that have a shorter bloom time but return year after year. All are valid choices but have different maintenance requirements. One bit of advice: Start small until you know what you’re getting into.
Prevent plants such as gooseneck loosestrife from taking over your garden by planting them in a plastic container. To ensure that these plants’ underground roots don’t quickly crowd your entire garden, cut out the bottom of with a knife—the roots can grown directly down into the soil.
However, raising an entire garden from seeds is not for everyone, especially people with limited experience or issues with time and space. Planting seeds is a longer garden-to-plate process than using starter plants, and requires more skill, knowledge, and work.
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