There are so many factors to take into consideration when planting, but the most important is the soil. Some people call the soil the foundation of your garden, and they are correct. You need a firm foundation to work with in order to protect your plants from ground decay, moisture loss, and other elements that can cause damage. For this reason, you should plan ahead and get your soil tested before you start planting.
Soil testing is not as difficult as it sounds and can be accomplished quite easily, especially if you purchase a soil analysis kit. Take the time to understand your soil, which will allow you to see where the problems lie and what needs to be done to remedy them.
Soil test kits can be found in most garden centers or drug stores for less than five dollars. If you are not sure about the quality of your soil, then get a kit that includes organic matter analysis.
Organic matter includes compost, manure, dead leaves, roots, and wood chips. The two most common types of organic matter found in a healthy garden are perlite and vermiculite. They are very effective in keeping soil nutrient-rich.
Fertilizer is needed for all plants to thrive. When planning to plant seeds, check the labels and look for recommended fertilizers. In order to prevent over-fertilization, you should avoid applying more than one type of fertilizer at a time.
Once you’ve decided on what fertilizer to use, place the fertilizer in a shallow container or can to spread on the surface of the ground. As you do your planting, spread out fertilizer in areas of your garden where you have many plants to avoid fertilizing with too much. Next, mulch around the plants that you will be planting, cover the area with rich dark, and nutrient-rich soil.
After the first year’s planting, make sure that you keep the garden well watered. The first year’s planting requires a lot of water, so make sure you water your plants at least once a week.
Be careful when watering. Use a water hose or sprinkler to let the water run freely throughout the garden, so that you can water from end to end. However, remember to let the sun dry the leaves, as well as the ground, so that your plants don’t become wilted.
When planting, remember that there is no general rule that says “plants need sun, but no shade.” Vegetables and fruits are the exception. Plants like tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, peppers, and onions need light, but not direct sunlight.
When planting, always try to find out as much as you can about what you are doing before you do it. Do some research to find out what specific conditions exist where you are going to be planting your garden.
Make sure that you don’t plant the same spot year after year because that could easily be a recipe for disaster. Use the years past as an example, and select a different spot that was not so windy or sunny in the past.