One of the reasons to have a garden is to grow vegetables and berries. Another reason is to grow herbs. Sometimes people enjoy flower gardens. I planted a completely new kind of garden in my yard. For the past several years, I have been filling up my yard with perennials and native plants. When I learned how much water is conserved by a garden like that, I became very interested. When I also learned how much pollution is eliminated by not having a lawn to mow, I became convinced.
Little by little, year by year, I observed how much light different parts of my yard received. As part of the Master Gardener program, I had a soil analysis done. Using the soil I had, I planted appropriate plants for my region’s soil type. Over a period of about ten years, my yard has filled up with plants and edibles that I only watered for a few weeks when they were first planted. I have ended up with over fifty different types of plants.
There are sources on-line where you can find out what grows naturally in your area. You can also go to the local university Agricultural Extension office. They will be able to give you a list to take to your local plant nursery. I had many plants that did not survive in my yard. But over time, I found many which did. After watering my plants for a few weeks, I learned how to “neglect” my plants so they really could get used to the natural growing conditions in my area.
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