Right Plant; Right Place

The garden you have has two environments to consider, the macro and the micro. The macro environment deals with where you live and the weather. The micro environment considers where in the garden the plants are put. It is all about right plant right place; consider both and the plants you use will grow as nature intended. Plant in spite of; and you will spend time and effort ensuring they grow how you want them to!

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Proper planting

You cannot create or maintain a garden without at some point putting either plants in the ground or in pots. If a plant is planted well it is more likely to grow well and perform how you expect it to, so here is a quick guide to proper planting.

Sorting the soil

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What your plant grows in is important so there are a couple of things you need to sort out before you pop any plant in the ground.

Do the trowel test; 

If the soil is so hard you cannot push a trowel into the soil, how do you expect a tiny root to push its way through? Make sure the hole is bigger than the pot so once it’s planted, there is soft soil surrounding the roots allowing them to grow into this softer soil.

Look at the soil first,

What do you see? If there are no insects in the soil and it is pale or is full of stones, it is most likely a poor-quality soil, which is fine if the plant being used copes with poor soil. If the plant needs a rich soil firstly ask should you plant it in this spot anyway, but if you do want to, then add plenty of manure or compost to the soil before you backfill around the plant. Plants needs something to eat to grow well.

Water in the hole first;

There are two reasons for this, firstly filling the soil with water and letting it drain away will provide the new plant with easy access to moisture. Secondly it is done to see how well the soil drains, if quickly you know you need to water the plants more especially in dry weather, if it stays in the bottom of the hole, you will need to add some grit to the base of the hole so the roots don’t sit in a cold puddle after every rainfall.

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Planting in a border 

Putting plants in the ground is a fairly simple process, it involves digging a hole large enough for the plant and its root ball to fit in, back filling with soil, firming in and watering. And that is really it, but there are one or two tips that will help ensure the plant gets off to the best start.

  • Don’t let the roots dry out before you plant. Sort the soil first, then take the plant out, minimise the time the roots are exposed to sunlight.
  • Firm the soil around the new plant well. The wind will cause the plant to rock about in the hole which damages the roots.
  • In most cases make sure the plant is replanted to the same depth as it was in the pot. You should not see roots above the surface or bury the main stem of the plant under the soil. There are some plants that do need planting deeper, Clematis being the most common.
  • Once it’s planted water it again. This helps the soil settle around the plant as well as giving it another drink.
  • Lastly, for the first year, don’t let the plant dry out.

Plants to avoid in most small gardens

Sadly there are some plants it’s best to avoid altogether. There are not good plants for either small gardens or less than dedicated gardeners. Most definitely not right plant right place

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