Living in desert conditions where the hot climate can be a factor when planting, here are some tips to keep your plants fresh.
9 March 2016| Last updated on 19 January 2020
There are a few things you can do to make gardening in the desert work. The following pointers have been set out to help you understand how you can identify your problems, in order to solve them and find a balance between gardening and landscaping with more ease.
Be positive but keep your expectations real
You should start off by knowing that gardening can be a pretty unpredictable job. You should never expect things to go smoothly or just as planned.
You will need to learn to accept that failure is possible and that you need to turn this into a positive learning experience. Keep in mind that whether they admit this or not even the most experienced of gardeners can make mistakes.
Every year will have its own challenges, so you will need to keep that in mind as you move forward. Being a great gardening expert means you’ll need to be vigilant at all times, as sometimes having preconceptions may end up in failure as well.
For each rule of perfect gardening there may be an exception, since plants are not objects but living beings and therefore they will vary as much as people.
Never be afraid to experiment
This is something that people may feel obliged to avoid, especially since deserts are challenging environments, which makes things especially hard.
Once in a while however you may be intrigued to experiment a bit and try to grow a patch of plants outside their suggested season. You may be surprised by the results since the knowledge of growing plants the organic way is not an exact science.
Planning and execution
You should know exactly what you plan on using during your gardening and landscaping efforts. What space will the plant will take up? How long of a season it needs? Such questions should be considered when you begin your gardening journey.
Make a drawing that will be up to scale with graph paper so you can figure out the locations of your plants and how you can make things matter. Tall plants will work out in the north parts of your gardening area, while shorter crops will need to go elsewhere as this will stop them from growing.
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You should never forget that some plants will need structures to grow on, such as pole beans, tomatoes and so forth. Additionally, it is important to keep a plan in mind for what you need to do with your yield. In this case, it is important to read up on cooking, canning and preserving and see about contacting a community of people that tend to trade with crops if you can.
You can also send your products on local farmers markets if your area has one you can use, as this
Contributed by Ella Andrews on behalf of http://gardenerscharingcross.org.uk/