Tips For Planting a Garden
If you are like many homeowners, you have probably spent hours (if not days) outside on a sunny Sunday morning looking for that perfect place to layout and enjoy the flowers and good weather. No matter where you end up, you are surrounded by beautiful plants and a beautiful garden full of bright-colored flowers. Now you know how beautiful your garden really is and you want to keep it that way all year long. It is time to learn a little bit about gardening so you can make the best use of what nature (or yourself) has to offer you.
The first thing
What you need to consider is how much sun exposure your garden gets throughout the year. Figure out how much sun your garden gets in each season and at what angle you are getting it. You can then begin to learn about sun tolerance and hardiness zones. A hardiness zone is a scale that is used to determine what plants will grow best in your climate. A high hardiness zone will be able to handle much more fun than a low one.
Shade tolerant plants are very important for gardens.
Most vegetables, including tomatoes, need at least some shade during most of the day to produce quality fruit. Shrubs and trees do best in shady areas, though they also need full sun to thrive. Be careful with shade-tolerant plants though as they tend to develop problems if too much shade is introduced into their environment.
Hardiness zones affect how well your garden will grow.
Certain trees and shrubs cannot handle sun exposure throughout the whole growing season. Some trees such as maples, oaks, and beeches will not grow at all in a very hot or very cold climate. Others such as fruit trees, such as peaches and pears, will not grow at all during the winter months.
Good Planting Location
In the west facing sun exposure is usually best for many gardeners. This is because it offers the greatest amount of shade in a short amount of time. Your planting location will also dictate how well your garden grows. Sunlight is better for taller growing plants and gardeners with smaller back gardens.
Taller plants should be planted higher
and more upright to maximize the amount of sunlight they receive. Shorter gardens should be planted closer to the ground and trees. Lastly, keep in mind that shade-tolerant plants tend to require less water in the garden as they conserve energy when exposed to shade.