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Planting Techniques for Your Gardens

June 2016
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Like most things in life, planning is the key to success, and this holds true for your garden as well. Choosing a plant’s location, spacing, and feedings is important to the success of your gardening season. It’s also part of the enjoyment of choosing which plant or vegetable varieties you want to grow.  Any avid gardener will tell you that choosing varieties that work best for your growing conditions will produce the best yields, so take advantage of your environment in determining what your plant.

Designing Your Garden

Selecting your design for your garden plants, either veggies or flowers, will help ensure you have the correct amount of room and the best growing conditions. Flowers can reward gardens with beauty and one of the best ways to instantly improve your property’s “curb appeal”.  If you mix flowers in with your vegetable garden, this will increase yield potentials. Choosing between annuals and perennials can be part of your planning technique since annuals can be easily removed while perennials come back every season.

Although most home gardens happen in a haphazard way, it’s well known that a little planning goes a long way in this endeavour. Take a few minutes and walk around your property to think about the possibilities for your garden’s layout.

Theme, Colour & Scent Combination

When you’re planning your garden, you’ll want to consider design basics, such as theme, colour, scent or a combination. Whether you’re designing a perennial, annual, shade or vegetable garden, do some research on which plants will work best. Consider what is the best location for a vegetable bed, should they be separated from the rest of the garden on intermingled? A large part of garden design calls for a good understanding of plant life cycles, plant hardiness, and hardiness zones.

Health and Nutrients

Now that you have your garden planned, and you’re ready to set your plants in their permanent locations, you’ll want to provide them with the best possible chance to grow, produce and thrive.  One of the ways to ensure that your plants and vegetables get the nutrients they need to be bountiful and beautiful is to use MYKE, an organic product that provides the ideal environment so that passionate gardeners can grow healthier plants.

Mycorrhizae are soil fungi that benefit the soil by creating a network that increases the plants ability to absorb more nutrients and water from the soil, such as phosphorus, copper and zinc. It forms a network of fine filaments that associate with plant roots and draws nutrients and water from the soil in a way that the root system would not be able to access otherwise.

Mycorrhizae literally means “fungus root” and describes a mutualistic association between fungus and plant roots that exists in almost all plants. The plant supports the fungus by providing carbohydrates needed for fungal growth, while the fungus helps the plant by increasing its root surface area. Organic matter, drainage, and plant nutrients contribute to the fertility and health of the soil and plants found therein.

The benefits of Mycorrhizae include:

  • Enhanced water and nutrient uptake
  • Reduction of irrigation requirements
  • Reduction need for fertilizer
  • Increased drought resistance
  • Increased pathogen resistance
  • Increased plant health and stress tolerance
  • Higher transplanting success

We hope these planting techniques help you design your garden, plant your plants and provide them with the nutrients they need to be beautiful, healthy and bountiful. And don’t hesitate to give us a call if you would like some professional help.