GardeningTip #10: Proper Spacing
This last tip goes along with tip #5, not spreading too many seeds. The amount of seeds you plant is important, but so is the amount of distance you put between your plants.
Most garden plants, flowering or vegetable, need at least a little space to grow; plant them too close together and they will grow into each other, which causes problems and can seriously affect the appearance of a garden.
Whether you have an expansive half acre garden or are growing plants in containers on your deck, giving your plants the room they need is important.
Planted too close together, vegetable plants can grow into each other. This affects the amount of sunshine, water, and space each plants' fruit needs to grow properly. Too close, and veggies can grow into odd shapes, not achieve full size, and generally be inedible.
Flower gardens aren't grown to be eaten, but their appearance is rather important. Again, proper placement i necessary to allow plants to achieve their full size, and allow their flowers to bloom naturally.
Directions: Made to Be Followed
Once again, it's important to follow any directions that are supplied with seed packets or new plants. The companies or individuals selling these products are the experts; they know the plants well, and know what htey need to thrive. This includes proper spacing. Following their instructions will put you on the path to a successful garden.
But don't let written instructions stop you if you're feeling adventurous with your plantings; it's your garden, and it's yours to experiment with. Part of the joy of gardening for many is learning first hand through trial and error what plants want and need to survive; you should certainly follow your inner gardener and listener to what she's telling you to do! We luckily live in an age where we typically don't depend on what we grow with our own hands for our survival; if you try to grow something and it's just not working, try to learn from what you did (or didn't do) and try again! The whole point of a home garden is to spend time with nature, learning how to take what she provides and nurture it into something beautiful and/or bountiful. Oftentimes, the act of gardening itself is more rewarding than any end result; the fact that their are usually r
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