Gardening can be one of the greatest joys of your life, often very relaxing. But getting that garden can be a hassle if your not growing the right plants. There are four key elements to picking the right plants for your garden: location, sun exposure, taste and yield
Location is pretty easy. Each plant at your local garden store will usually already be something that can survive in your area. But if your ordering online or if you are unsure you should use a plant climate zone map. Your area will have a climate zone number. Pick plants that are hardy in your zone or colder zones. The lower numbers are colder climates.
Taste, is the fun stuff. What do you like? What does your family like? Do you like decoration plants or you want an edible garden? If you don’t grow what you like to eat your going to struggle with your commitment to gardening.
Sun exposure is the next important thing. Check the plant tag and see if that plant needs full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or full shade. Most fruit bearing plants are going to need full sun. Some of your cooler weather plants may want some afternoon shade.
How much do you need? You’ll want to look at what you eat, and how much you eat of each item and then plan accordingly. This is one of the hardest parts of gardening, defining how much you’ll need is always hard. But the nice thing is, if you grow too much you can always make your friends really happy by giving your surplus away.
While some of the tips above seem like a lot of work, they really aren’t. It’s mainly about thinking through some of these things before you run out and spend money on plants you don’t need. So get out there and get your hands dirty.