Look for ways to improve and increase your yield when planting and gardening from experts that live in the region. If you live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, there are distinct recommendations that make the most of the mild climate and year-round gardening weather.
Wherever you live, there is tried and true information for planting. In the Carolinas, consider these tips:
The first tips for planting is to pay attention to weather; check the Almanac to determine when it will be warmer and rainier than normal, or what to expect in terms of snow this winter. This should also indicate when it is the best time to plant, what the hottest weeks of summer will be as well as what storms are predicted.
Now that you know what to expect in terms of weather, know which seasons are best for planting specific things. For instance, if you plant your young trees in cooler seasons, they have a better chance of developing healthy roots for springtime. For gardeners in the Southeast, the cool weather in Fall is perfect for planting trees.
For quick turnaround and fast-growing plants, try planting at one or two-week intervals so you will have a continuum of harvesting throughout the season. This also helps you get maximum growth from your garden. For a prolific crop, try pole beans which are easy to grow at staggering time frames for consistent yield- and lots of beans- all season long. Quick-crops help you get the most from your garden!
When you have taken a good look at your growing conditions and you know what kinds of crops you would like to harvest, go ahead and pick plants. Choose varieties that will work in the environment and grow conditions that you have available; this is the best path to a successful harvest. Think about things like pest control when choosing plants; perhaps add a border of pest-repelling marigold around your vegetable patch or plant pots of spearmint to keep garden mice at bay.
Know that vegetable plants like the sun; if you live with shade, try leafy greens instead. The sun is what delivers nutrients to many vegetables, like carrots and squash, so trying to grow these crops in shade will be disappointing. Provide top quality soil that is fertilized, retains moisture, and that has adequate drainage. Mulch your garden and add rich compost from time to time.
If you have limited space or resources, go with fruits and veggies that are expensive or difficult to find in your neck of the woods rather than something that is found cheap at roadside stands during the season.Do you have more questions pertaining to planting in the Carolinas? Use these tips to increase your garden’s yield or the looks of your landscaping, and reach out to the industry professionals at Carolina Services Grounds Division, a Commercial Landscaping and Ground Services Company in Charleston, SC.