Cold Hardy Herbs – Tips On Planting Herbs In Zone 5 Gardening
Planting perennials in zones 5 and 6 gardening is not easy task. There are many varieties of annuals, biennials, and perennials which require different time period to grow properly. Also there are other types of plants like ornamental or houseplants which need special care during their growth phase. Therefore it is very difficult to choose the right type of plants for your garden space.
In this post, I will share with you some tips which are useful for choosing the best type of plants for your garden. These are perennial herbs which do not require any additional attention during their growing season. They can be planted in any part of the year without much trouble. So let’s get started!
1) Choose Plants With Low Water Needs And High Growth Rate:
Perennial herbs have low water needs and high growth rate. You can easily grow them in zone 5 garden. The best part of these plants is that they less maintenance cost. You can plant them directly in the ground without using any extra container or pot. If you want you can also use the container or pot for planting the plants but this is completely optional thing.
As far as watering is concerned, you are not supposed to water them in a weekly basis. Sometimes they may require watering depending upon the sunlight and moisture content in the soil. Therefore you should check the moisture of the soil before watering them.
2) Avoid Using Fertilizers:
Mostly people make a big mistake by using chemical fertilizers on plants. It is never a good idea to use chemical fertilizers on perennial herbs. Actually these plants has slow growth rate and they do not require additional nutrients to grow properly. Therefore adding fertilizer has no any real purpose. Instead of this you should add organic matter in the soil to enrich it.
3) Consider Planting Near Roadside:
If you are lucky enough, you’ll find that there is a roadside near your garden. It is actually a great place for growing plants because roadside has special type of soil. It contains decomposed granite, sand, and small particle rocks. This soil is not found in other parts of the garden or backyard. Roadside soil is porous and free of weeds.
It is the best type of soil to grow plants. You don’t need to add any fertilizer or organic matter in the soil.
4) Consider Using Tall Types Of Plants:
If you are interested in growing vegetables, then consider using tall types of plants. You may feel little confusion about this topic. Let me explain it with an example. If you want to grow tomatoes, then consider using ‘Better Boy’ or ‘Mountain Pride’ varieties. Ask your local nursery person to suggest the best type of plants for your growing zone.
If you grow tall plants, then it will easily hide the short types like ‘Patriot’ or ‘Rutgers’. It is always a good idea to grow tall plants near the edges and corner of the garden space. This technique is also known as ‘edge gardening’ and will provide several benefits to your garden.
5) Make An Edible Screen Using Plants:
This is the best way to hide the visual view of the fence or any other structure behind your garden. You can use trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals for making edible screen. For example, you can use pears, plums, blueberries or cotoneaster for this purpose. Edible screen will provide additional benefits to your garden, as it will provide food for you in future.
Finally, these are some tips and techniques that you should follow for growing herbs and vegetables in your backyard or home garden. It is very important to select the right kind of plants and then providing them the required things to grow properly. If you follow these tips, then you will able to grow the best garden in your area.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Wyman’s gardening encyclopedia by D Wyman – 1986 – books.google.com
Herbal emissaries: bringing Chinese herbs to the West: a guide to gardening, herbal wisdom, and well-being by S Foster, Y Chongxi – 1992 – books.google.com
The potted garden: new plants and new approaches for container gardens by M Smith – 1999 – Macmillan