Planting a Garden, Part 3
Consider space and environment for the best outcome!
Once you have your garden prepared and ready for planting, you have the task of choosing what types of plants will work for you. If you are preparing a vegetable garden, it's best to choose vegetables that will have a high yield over the course of the summer. (Of course, it helps if you actually plan to eat the vegetable you grow.)
Tomato plants come in several varieties and will produce throughout the summer for consistent, weekly crops if they are cared for properly. You can purchase young tomato plants from your local home and garden or hardware store this time of year.
Lettuce, cucumbers, cantaloupe, zucchini, peas, spinach, beans and beets can all be planted this time of the year with relative ease and a high crop yield throughout the summer.
Spacing the seeds or plants out in your garden is essential and cannot be stressed enough. Tomato plants will require wire cages around them to grow properly and prevent the tomatoes from falling to the ground, where they can rot before you pick them. Make sure you allow for plenty of space between each tomato plant and its cage, about 2 or 3 feet to give each plant enough room to grow to its maximum potential.
Cantaloupes, cucumbers and zucchini tend to spread out all over, with long tangled vines; it’s best to keep the crawling, vine-type plants on their own side of the garden with a trellis for the vines to crawl on. Lettuce and beet seeds can be spaced a couple of inches apart in the soil at a depth of about an inch.
For those growing flowers, there are a multitude of choices out there. Annuals and perennials come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors to suit your taste and style. Consider how much sun or shade you have in your garden; some plants prefer the sun, while others like the shade, and choosing the wrong types of plants for the environment probably won’t turn out right.
When you are shopping for the perfect plants, check the tags on each plant if you are not familiar with the particular species of flower. The little tags on each plant usually identify the species and preferred habitat of the plant or flower; by checking those little tags, you will be saving yourself some major headaches!