Planning Your Garden
So perhaps this is the year that you have decided to plant a garden. It is not to late in the season to start this project. You can begin a small plot of land and learn how to tend the plants that you choose to plant.
There are several steps involved in creating your first garden. We will go over these one step at a time. The best place to begin a new gardening project such as this, is by watching how to sun plays over the area you want to have flowers and shrubs.
Take a bottle of water or a glass of tea and sit out in the yard where you can see the spot where you intend to plant. Watch how the morning sun, the noonday sun and the afternoon sun play over that area. This will determine which type of plants should be placed there.
Morning sun is a cooler sun and will not damage most plants. So this means that plants like Hosta, Colia and Begonia can be planted where the morning sun beams down on them. You can plant them comfortable in the knowledge that they will not be damaged in this location. Do not keep these two types of plants where the noonday sun beats down on them, they will not survive past the early part of spring. Partial shade plants will thrive if planted where they have full access to the morning sun.
Full noon sun will only be welcome on the plants that can tolerate full sun. This will be very important when searching out the flowers that you choose. How much of your garden will have unfiltered sunlight? If while studying your intended garden area you notice this area has no shade causing structures or trees, you might want to adjust where you intend to plant. Even sun loving flowers and shrubs could use a break from the beating sun, just as you and I need one. Finding a location that provides some shade and filter of the noon and afternoon sun will produce a better garden for flowers. The exception is if you planned a garden that will have succulents and other desert plants.
Remember that you can cause shade and filters by the plants that you place in the area. If you place hardy shrubs that can take the sunshine they will create pools of shade for smaller plants. This might be a two step process allowing the shrubs to gain some height before planting flowers in their shadow.
One important consideration for your garden is to have a water source nearby so that they can be watered in the morning and have a nice damp soil to rest in during the heat of the day. Do not water your plants in the middle of the day, it is unhealthy for their roots and the plants themselves. Water in the middle of the day can cause a shock for your flowers.Evening watering is better than mid day watering. Once the sun is off of the plants you can water safely.
Rose bushes love sunlight and can take more than you might imagine. These can be a plant that you choose to use as a backdrop to the entire garden. Azalea's are very heat resistant and can, like roses take direct heat and sunlight. Watering them in the morning or in the evening are the best times to water.
So before planting the first flower, shrub or bush, take the time to really watch your future garden area and see how nature already behaves there. Then plant according to what you observe. This will save you many hours of replanting and rethinking your garden.
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