By Lynn M. Steiner
This publication bargains a didactic, functional process that enables novice-to intermediate residential gardeners to adventure good fortune with their vegetable, fruit, and decorative gardens. this isn't an test at a finished "Bible" of gardening details, yet an entire yet concentrated remedy of plant species and straightforward, time-saving suggestions that maximize the householders chance of succeeding along with his or her backyard. comprises neighborhood details for the subsequent states in USDA zones three, four, and five: Montana, Colorado, northern New Mexico, Wyoming, northern Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.
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Don’t just have to sit on the deck or patio. Hanging baskets and wall planters are also options. One often-overlooked beneﬁt of container gardens is the portability. You can grow showy annuals in a container in the sunlight and then move them into a shady patio or deck garden when you entertain, just as you would move a bouquet of ﬂowers onto your dining room table indoors. The container can be moved back into the sunlight after a few days to continue growing. Along the same lines, a few containers can be used in a perennial border to perk up areas going through a “dry spell” in terms of color.
STA RT I N G P L AN T S F R O M S E E DS Starting your own seeds opens the door to a wide range of species you won’t ﬁnd at local nurseries. It can also save you money. Instead of buying three small pots of your favorite annual, you can buy a pack of seeds for about one-third of the price and get more plants than you can ﬁnd room for. If properly stored in cool, dry conditions (the refrigerator works ﬁne), many seeds will last 2 years or even more, stretching your investment even farther. 30 THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WESTERN PLAINS GARDENING Seeds that germinate and grow quickly can be sown directly outdoors.
Start with a rough sketch of your property. Identify everything that is on the site, including your home and garage, existing trees and shrubs, driveways, sidewalks, outbuildings, doors, windows, faucets, downspouts, air conditioners, and existing plants and gardens. Pay special attention to overhead wires that can get in the way of trees. And keep in mind city maintenance of roads and sidewalks, especially if they will be salted in winter. Give thought to where the natural traﬃc patterns are or will be.
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening : Techniques for Growing Landscape & Garden Plants (Black & Decker Complete Guide) by Lynn M. Steiner