Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Four Tips for Successful Planting

You’re about to purchase your very own ranch and you’re busy thinking of what to plant for a lush bounty of good eats this summer. However, before you decide WHAT you’re going to plant, decide first WHEN you’re going to plant. For novice and seasoned farmers alike, here are a few good tips for starting your garden:

Understand the climate.

Local weather affects the outcome of your crops significantly, so do some research about what the climate is in your area before planting. Visit a local farmer’s market and talk to someone who knows the optimal climate for the flora you plan to grow.

Know the germination period.

Germination periods vary from plant to plant. Seeds that take a while to germinate may require more time in a greenhouse before they’re transferred outside. Germination info is often found on the package of the seeds, but if you can’t find it, the kind folks at the local garden shop may be able to help you.

Water the plants regularly.

Plants need water at least once every day. During hot spells, plants may need to be watered twice or thrice to keep them hydrated. Keep the soil moist. Make sure the moisture is not too little and not too much.

Consult a professional.

It is important to consult a horticulturist or other garden professionals when disease or pests appear. The horticulturist will also be a great source of tips and tricks that will help you flesh out your planting tactics.


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