Yesterday we talked about how much work and time are involved in vegetable gardens, fruit gardens, and flower gardens and deciding whether or not you have the time and energy to devote for a particular type of garden. Now, we are ready to move forward with your garden plans.
The next step in your garden plans should be where to plant your garden. There are some things to think about when deciding on a location for your garden. The things that I’m about to tell you are really important because it could mean life or death for your garden. So make sure you’ve come up with a good plan before diving in. 😉
Watering Your Garden
How will you water your garden? This may sound kind of silly to you at first. I can almost hear you saying “why in the tarnation should I worry about how I’m gonna water my freekin’ garden?!”
Ok, fair enough. Let’s try it this way…Where is your nearest water access that will be used for watering your garden?
Will you need to carry buckets of water to your garden? You sure won’t have to carry those buckets far, (unless you’re the Hulk or have some sort of super human powers) so you’ll want to choose a location that is in closer proximity to your water access.
If you will be using a water hose, you will want to make sure that your water hose will reach all areas of your garden and that you have plenty of hose length. Another thing to thing about is whether or not you’ll be growing any plants that require shade for optimal growth. I’ll talk more about this in just a minute.
Where to plant your garden is definitely one of the most important things in planning a garden. The ideal location for your garden will be where you can easily get water to it and make sure it has plenty of the right amount of sun and/or shade.
Getting these things right will certainly help you to have a very successful garden. If you know exactly what you will be planting, you can do a search on Google for it to find out what the ideal conditions are for that specific plant.
If you happen to already have a sprinkler system installed for your yard, you could just plant your garden there. This will definitely make watering it easier for you. This isn’t always an option…but really is helpful if you can do it. 😉
You will be so glad you planned your garden location carefully once you need to start watering it!
Does Your Garden Need Sun and/or Shade?
Making sure you have just the right amount of shade and/or sunshine is just as important. There are plants that thrive with shade, and there are those that die if they don’t get enough sunshine and many possibilities in between.
Here’s what to do: When you’re making your garden plans and when you think you’ve decided on where to grow your garden, make a note of the hours it will get in sunshine and/or shade. Take the information about how much water, sun, and shade your particular plants require and plan where to plant what. If you aren’t sure of some of the requirements, just Google it. You most likely will find a planting guide that will help with the details.
Deciding where to plant your garden is a big deal after all. It can decide the fate of your garden. There are a lot of other steps involved in planning a garden, but you’re now well on your way to having your garden plans come together.
Do you have some good gardening tips to share with me? I’d love to hear them. Where do you plant your garden? How do you take care of watering it?
More gardening tips on the way… Happy gardening! 🙂