Planting Guide

This is a planting guide which advises you on what tools to choose, how to make your soil moist and how to choose suitable plants for each area of your garden.

Planting Guide    

 Planting Guide

 

Garden Tools

Before you begin planting in your garden you will need a few garden tools such as: 

⇒ Digging Spade
⇒ Shovel
⇒ Garden Fork
⇒ Rake

 

Soil Conditions

Now you have the right tools you need to make sure that your soil is moist but well drained, as most plants thrive in these conditions.  If you have soil that is like clay or sand you will need to add Humus. To find out whether you have sand or clay soil, squeeze a handful of damp soil together, if it falls apart you are most likely to have sandy soil, if it ends up in a ball you have clay soil.

 

Applying Humus

 

If you have clay: 

⇒ Spread humus, in a layer about 3 inches (8 cm) thick over the soil and dig it in about 8 inches (20 cm) deep.
⇒ Avoid working soil or walking on planting beds while wet; this causes soil complication
⇒ Add some Mulch between plants with Shredded bark to keep soil from forming a crust

 

 

If you have sand:

⇒ Spread humus, in a layer about 3 inches (8 cm) thick over the soil and dig it in about 8 inches (20 cm) deep.
⇒ Add plenty of organic products such as compost, leaf mould or composted manure. This will help retain more moisture and add plant nutrients
⇒ Add some Mulch between plants to retain moisture

 

 

Planting Your Plants

Most plants such as roses will grow and thrive better with at least six hours of full sun each day, so it is advisable to find the areas in your garden where the sun hits the most when planting. Other plants such as foxglove and columbine plants deal better with the shaded areas of your garden. Most good garden centres will group their plants in accordance to their sun and shade requirements making life a lot easier when choosing the right plants for each area of your garden.

 

   

 

 

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