Where To Start
Welcome to YOGARDENS! Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate your time in this busy world. That is one of the reasons we created this site, to share a little peak into our family's effort toward creating a sustainable sanctuary. If you are a true plantoholic like me, or just proud to have started with a few herbs on your windowsill, you understand the need to get your hands dirty and watch things grow.
When we bought our small quarter acre of semi-rural land in the paradise of here, we inherited an abandoned quarry with nothing but massive boulders and some seriously invasive weeds. We couldn't wait to make soil and plant, but we were starting from scratch, or should I say, from rock, and had a lot of preliminary stuff to do first. Like have an excavator remove the car-sized boulders and level out the existing gravel. Then came the 6 truck-loads of compost from the local composting facility.
Two years later, combining my love (ehem, addiction) for the greenstuff with my passion (ie: obsession) in creating a peaceful paradise that supports us, the local wildlife and itself sustainably, we wanted to share all of this with you. Tips, ideas and... unavoidably mistakes.
Grab a cup of tea, get cozy and join me!
So you've just purchased a brand new plant and are wondering what to do with it... there's three essentials to finding the right spot for your plant:
1. SUNLIGHT Probably the most important issue with finding the appropriate spot for your newly purchased plant is sunlight. Have a read of the tag attached to the new plant and find out if it indicates 'full sun', 'partial sun' or 'full shade', and then site accordingly,
2. WATER Also topping the list is whether this is a bog (wet), average or xeric (dry) plant; when planning your site, try to combine wet-favourable plants with fellow wet-lovers and dry with dry. Might sound silly, but when we were first starting out, I would get the wellies and rain jacket on to stand out in a rain storm to watch how the rain would flow across the garden, then I see where the puddles grew or where only light splashes fell,
3. SOIL There are three basic soil types: clay, silt and sand, as well as a range of pH. Knowing what type of soil you have is integral to maintaining a healthy garden, as well as keeping your plants flourishing.
Taking It To The Next Level
When planting, always take into consideration what the plant's needs are, rather than just planting what you want in any ol' spot.
By knowing the specific requirements of the plants you choose, you save yourself time, effort and money in the long run.
For example, if you have a moist-lovin' shady perennial, don't try putting it in that full sun dry spot in the front of your house - it will not survive, let alone thrive!
Put that plant in a cool, damp north-facing location of your home, and choose instead a drought-tolerant, preferably native, meadow plant that will live happily in the full sun.
It takes time to do all the research, but worth being familiar with a plant's ultimate size and growth, color and seasonal timing of bloom, ideal sun and soil conditions, and the various pests that can affect your plants to increase the health and vigor of your garden.