When it comes to tending the garden, there are a huge number of reasons people do it. There are people who really enjoy gardening as something relaxing to do. They love the idea of putting together beautiful flowers, spreading color and joy around their yard and making everything look bright and cheerful.
There are others who would rather put together a great vegetable garden, growing their own food. They love the idea of using the sweat of their brow to put food on their plate, and so they want to make sure that, come the end of summer, they’ll be able to have the biggest, juiciest, tastiest vegetables they can possibly have.
Whatever the reason, if you’re going to try setting up a garden this summer, then you’re going to need to figure out the right plants for summer. There are a number of ways to do this, but no matter what, there are some basic steps you’re going to have to follow.
You can’t just grab a bunch of plants that you think look nice, after all. What you think looks pretty or might taste good is going to be a step, of course, but it’s not the first step. It’s not even the second step. It’s a step that comes much later in the process of picking the right plants for summer.
First, you need to figure out what kind of garden you’re going to grow. Do you want a flower garden, or a vegetable garden? This one should be easy to figure out. Do you want to grow plants because you think they’ll look pretty, or are you hoping to grow food that you can eat?
Either one is going to take a bit of work, but the exact kind of work is going to be different. It’s important to understand the kind of work you’ll be doing, because it really is different. Vegetable gardens tend to require a lot more water, for example. They’ll also require a lot more work to keep the weeds and pests away.
Flower gardens tend to require less water overall. In point of fact, over watering a flower garden can easily lead to killing the flowers. It can wash away vital nutrients from the soil, nutrients that flowers are going to need in order to grow beautiful and healthy.
And while flower gardens need care to ensure you don’t have a weed problem, they don’t require quite as much work to keep the pests away. In general, any kind of insect or animal that nibbles on flowers are the kind you want there, because they help to cross pollinate the plants. This allows more to grow elsewhere, spreading the joy and beauty across the world.
Once you figure out what kind of garden you’re going to grow, you have to figure out what kind of plants will actually survive. There are many plants that require a certain kind of temperature and weather in order to grow. That doesn’t just mean hot or cold, either. Certainly, there are certain plants that only grow in the winter, and other plants that only grow in the summer.
However, there are also certain plants that only grow in mild summers, where as other plants need hotter weather to properly bloom. If you don’t live in an area that can promise the appropriate weather, then you should not grow that kind of plant. All you’ll do is put plants into your garden just to have them wither away and die. Hard to have a proper garden if your plants are all dying!
Once you figure out what plants are going to actually grow in your garden, that’s when you can begin making choices based on what you think looks nice or what you think might be tasty. Once you get to this point, you’ve managed to narrow down the field of potential plants quite a bit.
You’ll know whether you’re looking for vegetables or flowers, and you’ll know if the vegetables or flowers you’re looking at are going to actually be able to grow healthy and strong when you plant them. Since those are the two most important things to know, you might as well start thinking about what you like!
The best way to find out all this information is by doing some heavy research. You can head to the internet, of course, because the internet really does have a great deal of information. You can simply head to Google or Bing and type in keyword searches such as “plants for summer”.
You’ll get a huge number of different websites, all telling you all about the different plants you can get. However, just going to the internet isn’t necessarily going to be the best option. It’s true that there’s a huge amount of information, but it’s hard to sift through it all to make sure you’re finding the right information.
It’s a much better idea to go to your local lawn and garden store and ask questions. They’ll be able to help you figure out what kind of weather you actually have in your area. What you think is a hot summer may actually be a mild summer in terms of growing plants, after all. Similarly, what you think is a lot of water may not be enough water for certain plants.
Once you know those things, you can go about setting up your garden!