How does your garden grow? 3 smart tips to get you started.
It’s no secret; I’ve got a notoriously black thumb. Friends and family arrive at my door with the love of a plant for hostess gifts, housewarmings, and holiday sharing, and years later no one is ever surprised to find that their generous offerings, while welcome and appreciated have not survived weeks or even days at my hand. It’s certainly not a lack of effort or will, just one of those skills I have never been able to master. It’s a wonder my children have made it this far.
This year after having been inspired by a visit to Victoria’s Buchart Gardens, I’ve been doing a bit of research and following the experts to try and get it right in my own. Here are a few of the helpful hints I have picked up.
Know Your Zone
Plants are hardier in different parts of the country than others. Zone hardiness accounts for weather, humidity, soil types, sunlight hours, and more. Knowing the proper hardiness zone you live in will give the plants in your yard a fighting chance. Not sure you’re your zone is? Find it here. At this same government link, you can also discover the specific names of trees, plants, and shrubs that are already thriving in your vicinity.
Understand the conditions of your specific garden space.
More than just knowing the zone, there are conditions that only you may have to factor in. You may live in a sunny part of your province, but if your yard is well shaded by neighbouring trees it should be noted. Or perhaps you are a happy condo dweller with most of your garden container bound – plants that need lots of room for roots to roam might not be for you. Talking to an expert at your local garden centre can help you find the right greens to make your garden flourish.
Make a plan.
As with any project, getting started with a plan is smarter than just winging it. After you’ve taken the time to do a little research about your garden space and have a good idea what will grow well, draw a map of your yard and plan exactly what will go where. This will save you some time when it comes right down to doing the work of gardening and it will also likely save you some money at the garden centre. It’s easy to overspend when you don’t know exactly what you need.
Need some inspiration of your own?
See what the pro’s recommend here, or maybe a road trip is in order. Take the time to visit what have been noted as some of Canada’s most famous gardens…
Don’t for get your travel insurance before hitting the road, you’ll need it even when you are exploring the beauty within our borders.
Want to know more? Review these sources and resources.
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