Even though it’s cold and snowy outside, it’s never too early to start thinking of sunnier days ahead. One of the most enjoyable activities for any homeowner or gardener is to start planning next year’s garden.
The choices for the types of plants and flowers you can grow can be overwhelming. There are so many options and so many ways to plot out and plan your garden that it can be difficult to know where to start. While it’s fun to think about the final result, the most common sense place to start is at the foundation: the soil.
The first thing any homeowner needs to do before starting a garden is to determine what kind of soil is already there. There are plenty of online resources and videos that will teach you how to identify your soil type, or you can bring a small sample to your local garden centre to have them take a look and give an expert opinion. There are several main types of soil that you can have in your garden:
Different types of plants do well in different types of soil. Once you determine the type of soil that you already have in your garden, you can work with plants that are best suited for it. You can also figure out if you need to add more soil to grow the type of plants you want or if you have an adequate amount as is.
The next step in planning your garden is to find out what types of plants, vegetables, and flowers grow best in the type of soil you have. Each type of garden soil has different pH levels and types of nutrients, making it suited to different types of plants. For example, herbs like rosemary and thyme grow well in silty soil while bulbs like tulips perform well in peaty soil.
Once you have your list of the plants that thrive in your type of soil, you can start to plan you garden with those plants in mind. However, some people don’t like the type of plants that grows in their soil, or they have a favorite plant or flower that they want to grow that doesn’t work well in the type of soil they have. In this case, you should consider adding new soil to your garden. This means determining the type of potting soil you want for the plants that you want to grow.
Once you add new soil to your garden, the sky’s the limit for growing any type of plant or flower that you love. You can’t control the climate outside, but you can control the foundation that you build your garden on.
Visit TERRA Greenhouses to help identify your soil and learn more about the plant options that you have. If you don’t like your current soil, speak to a member of the team and ask them about options for adding new soil to your garden so you can grow anything that you like.