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To achieve a successful and healthy garden, there are several suggested gardening tips to make a bountiful harvest. Although gardening can be at times, challenging and confusing, following some gardening tips from others that have experienced the same situations may be helpful. All gardeners experience unique situations in different growing regions and soil conditions. The Untied States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has devised a Plant Hardiness Zone Map consisting of eleven zones with zone 1 being the coldest and zone 11 being the hottest. Consulting this map will assist when planning a garden to help in the select of plants and the planting location through-out the garden.

Sunlight and water

Plants need six or more hours of sunlight for healthy, more fertile plants. Good soil with rich, sandy loam is the best for hale and hearty gardens. Adding nutrients to the garden bed is helpful; this is best achieved by adding manure or compost. Following gardening tips, as planting rows of plants from North to South, will help achieve a fertile growing environment. The use of new and fresh seeds is the one way to help the plants get a healthy start. By planting complementary plants side by side, this will insure a positive result. Watering plants and gardens deeply helps remove air pockets in the soil and helps the roots travel downwards to develop into strong root systems.

Bulbs need twelve weeks of cold for flowering; helpful gardening tips suggest refrigeration before planting. Fall is a good time to dig-up perennials and split the bulbs up. The splitting of the bulbs keeps the bulbs fresh and productive. They can be split into four or more pieces, the more pieces will produce more plants. Splitting is a must every three years or the bulbs will become unproductive. Vernalization or over-wintering which speeds seed development, should take place in the fall as well. This is the practice of placement of the bulbs in the soil to remain there through-out the winter to bloom in the spring. As stated from information about gardening tips, placing chicken wire over the bulbs after planting then adding the mulch on top will help stop rodents from digging up the bulbs.

Spring is a very busy time for gardeners as there are many things to do through-out the garden. This is the time for fertilizing and mulching, pruning, weeding, composting and planting. This is a great time to start grass seeds. In spring it is a good idea to deadhead your blooms as this will help with bloom time as well as strengthening the plants. This also controls self-seeding plants from spreading over other parts of your garden.

Following some gardening tips will help ease the difficulties faced while maintaining a garden but will help to reap a copious return for years to come.


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