Now, regarding your plant choices, you can either buy plants from catalogs, your local home improvement stores and nurseries or you can grow your own from seed. Remember, when buying plants, pay close attention to their quality and apparent health or lack thereof. Generally, look for plants with new growth, strong leaves and stems with slightly moist soil. However, do not be fooled by a plant that just hasn’t been taken good care of. It may look pitiful, with brown leaves and flowers but most often its salvageable. The prices of these plants will be slashed, so seek out a garden expert and ask their opinions about these pitiful looking plants. You may find a golden mine for pennies on the dollar.
Start with quality seeds. To get the best quality plants, avoid discount seeds. They may be old or have been exposed to moisture. Your local extension office can supply you with a list of reputable seed providers if you are new to Nebraska gardening.
When planting in Denver, garden rows should run north to south for optimum use of the suns rays. The shorter plants should be close to the sun, taller plants in the back. Be sure that you know which plants need more shade and plan accordingly.
Start by measuring your garden cautiously, including marking the border of your home, steps, existing trees and shrubs and any pathways. Mark the drip line around trees, as this will be a consideration in developing your garden design themes. Double check your measurements for accuracy. Now, plot your garden on graph paper, or use Garden Planningsoftware.
Pay close attention to plant spacing when planning and planting. I don’t know of a single gardener who doesn’t want as much variety in their plant choices as possible. However, overplanting that reduces the natural air movement can have a negative impact, especially in disease control.
Access to the garden: Planning the access to the garden is an important aspect. How do you wish to access the garden is something which depends purely upon the landscape? An access plan should be specified in the rough sketch and a pathway can be constructed with the help of pebbles, stones and bricks. These stones come cheap and the pathways can be constructed easily.
Ensure your pile is fertile by adding a little compost for more nutrients. Only after your soil has reached a pH value of 6.8 and the fertile stage, then you can proceed to planting your plants. Otherwise, they will not receive the best treatment it can get.
However, like most things in life, you will only get out of your herb garden what you put into it. These delicate plants will reward you with joy if you put the right things into them.
It is important to know the growing region, or zone, in which you live. The region in which you live is an important factor. Trying to make Zone 8 plants grow in Zone 6 is foolish and a waste of time and money. Stop by your local garden center and see what herb varieties (plants and herbs) they sell. Chances are they will only carry what will grow in your area.
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