Gardening Zone Preparation
Many of you may not have even started to think about gardening zone preparation. If you live in Arizona like we do, then you are really fortunate this year to have a mild winter where we can get started in our gardening zone preparations early. But some of you may not know how to get prepared in your gardening zone, let alone knowing what your gardening zone is.
But some of you may not know how to get prepared in your gardening zone, let alone knowing what your gardening zone is.
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Gardening Zone Preparation
What gardening zone are you in?
Garden.org and many other nurseries through North America use a zone map that typically divides the country into zones depending on what zip code you are in.
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. If you see a hardiness zone in a catalog or plant description, chances are it refers to the USDA map.
What we have discovered over the years is that some nurseries won’t ship plants until it is time to plant in your garden zone.
What tools do you need for your gardening zone preparation?
Some of the tools that we use in our garden are a shovel (we use a smaller one since we don’t have a big garden), a trowel, pruner, gloves, buckets and other items that will help us in our gardening zone preparation and maintenance.
What varieties of plants are you going to have?
Are you going to plant from seed, or are you going to start with seedlings? Many gardens have a combination of flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables…and there are so many to choose. Planning ahead will give you an opportunity to decide on organic gardening, companion planting and making sure you space your garden so it doesn’t get overcrowded.
I’ve heard it said that there are over 25,000 tomato varieties alone. While Prepare to Bug In has only four different kinds of tomatoes in our garden, we also have mint, peppers, squash, spinach, lettuce and more.
How are you going to protect your garden?
Now, I’m not just talking about putting a fence around your garden during your gardening zone preparation and walking away and saying, “There, that job is done.” No, below is a short list of things you will need to protect your garden from:
- Pests (insects, cats, dogs, gophers, birds, etc.)
- Too much sun
- Too little sun
- Too little fertilization
- Too little water
The above is just some of the things you are going to need to think about during your garden zone preparation.
Gardening can be an adventure for the whole family. Not only does it get you away from your desks at work or cell phones or televisions or…it also gives you a chance to get your foot in the door, so to speak, and learn all about food storage prepping.
Gardening zone preparation just makes good sense!
Let me say that again. Gardening zone preparation just makes good sense. Now is the time to begin thinking about the garden supplies you are going to need to have a bountiful garden. Start speaking with your local nurseries to see what they offer. They may be your best ally not only for planting, but also maintenance of your garden.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to get started.
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