Choosing the Right Garden Location

Posted by Irene on Oct 26, 2011 under Gardening

Creating a garden on a place you consider most appropriate may not be the best idea. The thing is that the majority of garden plants prefer sunny areas and should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Many of them will grow in partly or completely shaded areas as well, however, they will not be as beautiful as if planted on a sunny location. What is more, improper garden location increases the risk of pests and diseases which can spread to the healthy plants, while some plants may fail to produce blossoms or/and fruits if not receiving enough sunlight.

You should choose location of your future garden very carefully because if the plants are provided optimal conditions for growth, you will achieve the desired results or/and harvest lots of delicious fruits and vegetables without much effort. However, if you do not have much choice in the selection of the location of your garden, you are highly recommended to pay attention to the amount of sunlight it receives and choose plants accordingly to achieve the best results. As already mentioned earlier, the majority of garden plants require lots of direct sunlight but there are many fruits and vegetables as well as flowers which also tolerate partly or even completely shaded areas. There are even plant species which hate direct sunlight exposure. You can easily find plants that grow well in partly or completely shaded areas by browsing the web or ask the salespeople at the garden centre for an advice.

In addition to paying attention to the amount of sunlight the chosen area of your future garden receives, you should also make sure that the soil has the right amount of nutrients. Most plants prefer neutral soil (pH 7). To make sure that your soil has the optimal pH, buy a soil pH test kit (you can find one in just about every garden centre). A pH value slightly below or above 7 will probably do just fine but if your soil is too acidic or too alkaline, you can still create ideal pH by digging in lots of organic matter such as compost or manure for example. It is also possible to buy soil pH modification products which work faster than the above mentioned organic solution, however, they often only create ideal pH value but do not necessarily provide optimal ratio of nutrients in the soil.

In the end, it is important to keep in mind that even the perfect location may not bring success with all the plants you would like to grow. It is highly important to consider your micro-climate (local weather conditions) and susceptibility of particular plants to pests and diseases before you get to work. In addition to paying attention to your area’s temperatures (especially in the winter), it is also important to consider other weather elements such as amount of rainfall, humidity and wind conditions. You might be able to provide your garden plants adequate amounts of water but you cannot change the humidity levels for example. It is also a good idea to inform yourself which plants grow well in your area, especially if you want to avoid the use of chemicals to protect your plants from pests and diseases.

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