Welcome to my gardening blog, my name is Sarah McCall, and I have had a passion for gardening for over 40 years. I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks that I have learned over the last 40 years. Below is an index of all of my current blog posts. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me at anytime.
- Backyard Gardening
- Types of Soils
- How Do Plants Grow?
- Know Your Climate Zones
- Planting Ideas
- Indoor Plants
Some Questions & Answers:
Below are some of the most common questions I get asked 🙂
What is a garden?
A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, that is typically used for the cultivation of plants, flowers, and/or vegetables. Gardens can be designed and arranged in a variety of ways, depending on their intended purpose and the preferences of the gardener. They can be simple or elaborate, small or large, and can include a wide variety of plants and features, such as paths, seating areas, water features, and more. Some gardens are primarily used for aesthetic purposes, while others are used for practical reasons, such as growing food or medicinal plants.
Should I start a garden?
Whether or not to start a garden depends on a variety of factors, including your level of interest, available time, space, and resources, and your location and climate. Here are some points to consider:
- Interest: Do you enjoy working with plants and being outside? Gardening requires time, effort, and patience, so it’s important to have a genuine interest in it.
- Time: Do you have enough time to dedicate to a garden? Gardens require regular maintenance, including watering, weeding, pruning, and harvesting, so it’s important to have enough time to take care of your plants.
- Space: Do you have enough space to start a garden? Gardens can be grown in small or large areas, including balconies, patios, and yards, so there are many options to consider.
- Resources: Do you have access to the necessary resources to start a garden, including tools, soil, and seeds or plants? Depending on the size and type of garden you want to create, you may need to invest in some basic equipment and materials.
- Climate: Do you live in an area with a climate that supports the plants you want to grow? Some plants require specific conditions to thrive, so it’s important to research which plants are best suited to your local climate.
Ultimately, the decision to start a garden is a personal one that depends on your individual circumstances and preferences. If you have an interest in gardening and the time, space, and resources to start a garden, it can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
When is the best time to start a garden?
The best time to start a garden depends on the climate and the types of plants you want to grow. In general, the ideal time to start a garden is in the spring, after the last frost date has passed and the soil has warmed up enough for planting. This is typically between mid-March and late May in most areas of the United States, but can vary depending on your location and climate.
If you live in a warmer climate, you may be able to start your garden earlier in the year, while if you live in a colder climate, you may need to wait until later in the spring to start planting.
It’s important to research the specific planting times for the plants you want to grow, as some plants may require different planting times and conditions. Additionally, some plants can be started indoors or in a greenhouse before the outdoor growing season begins, which can allow you to get a head start on your garden.
Overall, the best time to start a garden is when the weather and soil conditions are optimal for planting, and when you have the time and resources to dedicate to your garden.