Five S's for a Successful Garden
Starting a Garden
Soil. Fertility, aeration, and drainage are all important factors in choosing or making the perfect soil. There needs to be the right mix of ingredients for plants to grow.
Site. Location in important. Take into consideration ease of access, amount of sun, water source and the kind of garden you would like to have. For limited outdoor availability, consider an indoor or window garden.
Sun. Check the amount of shade and sun on your proposed site, and remember that it will change as the seasons change. Keep in mind that different plants need different amounts of sun.
Size. If it's your first time, start small — a 10' by 10' garden (100 sq. ft.) is a manageable size. Get creative and consider using fences, trellises, containers, and hanging baskets to save space and get more production from your garden.
Selection. Choosing the right plants for your needs is important. Grow crops you like to eat! Plant a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Select plants that match your experience level and hardiness zone. Also think about possible needs in the community.
from the National Gardening Association
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Words to Know
A region with particular prevailing weather conditions.
A geographically-defined zone in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing, as defined by temperature hardiness, or ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone.
In flowering plants, pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anther (male part) to the stigma (female part). Pollination is necessary for the flower to form seed and often, fruit.
A layer of fine material on the crust of the earth composed of tiny pieces of minerals, living and non-living organisms, water and air.
The amount of sun plants receive during the day.
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