A New Home, A New Garden

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Real Estate Agent with Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones"

 

Airdrie Properties - HomesbyJones.caCreating your own garden from the very beginning can be an exciting project.  However, if you think that you will have the last say as to what happens nature may disagree with you.  To maintain your sanity you will need to work in harmony with nature.  Planning and preparation will make all the difference in the success of your garden.  It’s easy to dig up some soil and throw some plants in the ground.  It is another thing altogether to create a healthy, vibrant garden.

 

What to Grow?

First you need to consider the location of your garden and the kinds of plants that can grow under the existing conditions.  There are three main factors that influence what can grow in a given location; Homes and Gardens of Airdrie - HomesbyJones.casunlight, soil composition and soil moisture.  While you can somewhat manipulate soil composition and moisture, you certainly can not influence the sunlight.  You will need to have a good idea of the amount of sunlight that will reach the garden.  Don’t forget to take into account those areas of the garden that are partially or fully shaded, such as spots on the north side of a building or under a large tree.  You will need the appropriate plants in the appropriate areas.

 

Soil

You will need to determine the composition of the soil in your garden.  An ideal garden soil is made up of 40% sand, 40% silt and 20% clay.  There are several easy ways to determine the make up of your soil.  One to try is to put a couple cups of your soil in a large jar that is half filled with water.  Stir up the solution until all of the soil is in suspension.  Let it settle over night and the next day you should see three layers of soil; sand, then silt then clay at the top.  You can then tell the rough percentage of each type.

 

Improving soil conditions

Adding organic matter is the best way to improve the composition of your soil. If the soil is sandy or Airdrie Real Estate - HomesbyJones.casilty add a combination of topsoil and peat moss (always moisten peat moss before adding it to your soil.)  If there is too much clay, add the peat moss with some sand.  You can also try using compost in replacement of peat moss, and be sure to never add sand directly to your soil.  Sand should only be added in combination with organic matter.  

 

Moisture

Airdrie Realtor - HomesbyJones.caOf course soil moisture is dependent on the climate of your area, but there can still be variations in your yard.  If you are at the bottom of a hill, for example, your garden may stay wet for long periods.  It’s best (and easiest) to use plants that like a lot of water.  On the other hand, if the area is very dry, it may be tougher than you think to compensate by frequent watering.  Choosing plants that are happy in dry climates will make your life much simpler.

 

The bottom line is that although you can compensate somewhat for your existing garden conditions, it can be a lot more rewarding to work with the natural conditions.  Planting the appropriate plants for the given environment will save you time, money and pain.  

 

 

 

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Brenda Mayette
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Great information, Bill. Happy gardening!

May 03, 2012 01:50 AM #1
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Bill,  Here in Colorado, we get the green light to plant on Mother's Day.  I am always so excited to get my hands in the dirt and watch the blooms happen.  You are right about planning.  It takes planning and strategy to pruduce a great garden.

May 03, 2012 02:06 AM #2
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Thanks Brenda, Hope you get to get your hands dirty soon.

Hey Belinda, my guess is that your climate is similar to ours , we kinda wait to put stuff in the ground until May 24th

Bill

May 03, 2012 03:26 AM #3
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There is a lot of planting going on in my neighborhood, although it is probably still too early for cukes, tomatoes, and peppers.

May 04, 2012 03:07 AM #4
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Yeah just a bit to early Don, but I don't know about where you are but it's starting to warm up nicely here amungst the rain.

Bill

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