Planning and Planting

After reading the first two articles, you are almost ready to start planting your garden. Before you get your hands dirty, though, there are a few important steps that you will want to follow to ensure your garden is successful.

Planning: this is a key ingredient to having a successful garden. You will need to decide where to plant each plants, paying special attention to the spacing each one needs. Every plant has a specific amount of space they need, and a certain amount of light needed. When you place seedlings to close, they will have stunted growth and may die are be prone to disease.

Labeling: everyone forgets things sometimes. When planting a garden, it is important to always know which plant is which. Labeling goes a long ways to help you know what is in your garden and where.

Organizing: a garden scrapbook is a great way to help you stay organized. This is especially important for beginners. You can use the scrapbook to keep track of where everything is planted and chart the progress of your garden. When you take notes on your garden progress, it will help you in the future to make improvements to your garden. You can note which plants did well in which didn’t.

Planting seedlings: most people understand that young plants can be easily damaged because they are so delicate. With this in mind, you should always be extra careful when taking the tiny plants out of their pots. Never grab them by their stem to pull them out of the pot. This will damage the plants. Instead, place your hand under the plant and turn it upside down. Next, push on the bottom of the pot until the soil and plants both slide out. Once you have the plant in your hand, ensure the hole in the spot where the plant is going is wide and deep enough to hold the entire root ball. If it is, go ahead and put the plant in the hole then put soil all around the plants, filling in the voids. Once all of your plants have been put in the ground, thoroughly water them to help encourage them to grow and continue to spread out their roots.

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