Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gardening Article: 4 Great Gardening Tips

Do you find yourself working all spring trying to keep your garden alive just to have it wither away and die? Are you jealous of the large greenhouse nurseries and find yourself wondering how they do it, how they keep thousands of plants alive while you struggle with a few dozen? Here are several garden survival tips that are sure to make your gardening experience much more enjoyable.

1.Pick the right place for your garden. This is a very important step that most people overlook. You MUST make sure that your garden has protection from strong winds. The wind is brutal and can destroy your garden and waste all that hard work you put into it. Also, you want to pick a garden site that has great sun exposure; remember, the sun is plant food! With this criteria in mind try to place the garden as close to your house as you can. You do not want to make it a task just getting to your garden; gardening should be fun!

2.Research the plants! The last thing you want to do is buy a bunch of plants that die within a few days because they are not suitable for your area. Read the plant stakes and labels as well as do some research on the internet and talk to gardening experts in your area. Make sure that the plants can survive in your environment (climate, soil, etc.).

3.Prepare your garden. Doing some hard work in the beginning will make your gardening experience more enjoyable. To prepare your garden be sure to remove all the debris from the top of the soil first. For good results your soil needs to have a balanced mixture of sand, silt, clay and organic material. Most likely you will need to add one or two of these items to your soil, but most likely you do not know which you need. A garden soil test can tell you what your soil is missing. To get your soil tested you need to purchase a soil-testing kit. If you do not know how to get a soil test you can call your Cooperative Extension Service for more information. Once you get your kit, follow the directions precisely so your results will be correct. After you get your results and have studied them, only add the necessary nutrients as too much can cause diseases in your plants.

4.Water your plants! A plant is composed of about 90% of water so obviously you must remember to do this step consistently. However, overwatering can cause the plant roots to rot. The best time to water plants is in the morning or evening when the sun is not as hot and the wind is calmer. An inch of water a week is a general rule for watering plants, but there are many exceptions. The weather, age, and type of the plants are all factors in this so again I stress, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Know what type of plant you have and how much water it needs. Then pay attention to the weather. If the air is extra dry and hot, your plants most likely need extra water.

By following these four tips you will definitely have a more enjoyable gardening experience this year. Happy Gardening!

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About the author: Adam Conner is a Print and Marketing Expert. Make your garden a success by checking out My1Stop.com's nursery supplies for your plant stakes, strip tags, and labels.

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