Garden Planting Tips
How plants Grow:
The essential principle to grasp is the plants in your garden have the same needs as those growing in the wild. Plants need air, light, water, and nutrients to flourish, but they very in their needs. Some, for example, need evenly moist healthy growth, while others can survive long periods of drought. The amount of light needed varies greatly too. When grown in conditions that suit them, plants generally stay healthy. The single most important lesson in gardening is to allow the conditions to dictate the choice of plants.
Preparing the soil is the first thing needed. Digging and raking the soil is preformed to get the soil into the best condition possible for growing plants. Digging is the most important of these operations, because it allows air into the soil. For optimum results, soil that is intensively cultivated needs generous fertilizing. This can be provided with organic or inorganic matter. The amount of fertilizer needed will depend on the soil type, because light, sandy soils lose fertilizer quickly, whereas clay soils will hold nutrients for much longer.
Basic Planting Tips:
In spring we long for something crisp, leafy, or pungent picked from our own garden. Sure, we know that gardening teaches patience, but it also confers a keen appreciation for what tastes good. Plant some of these earliest garden foods, and you’ll have something fresh and tasty- and fast.
When choosing vegetables to grow, remember that plants grow more slowly after Labor Day, when days gradually shorten and nights turn cool. There is plenty of time for most loose-leaf greens and lettuces to develop when planted in July or August, and spinach can be planted as late as September for late fall picking.
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