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Southern Gardens 101

Helpful Hints For The Beginner


D eborah Keever author of the book Southern Gardens 101, Volume I is dedicated to flowers that bloom spring to early summer. It is a basic guide that everyone can easily follow.

The novice gardener can produce a lovely landscape that will be the envy of the neighborhood. Inexperience will be replaced with confidence. You will learn the size of the bloom or height of the plant.

Also, you will learn the type of soil requirements and how to amend the soil, where and how to plant them and how to care for each plant. You will also be able to identify and treat most disease and pests that affect each plant.

Helpful Hints For The Beginner”


 
W hy “Southern Gardens 101, Helpful Hints For The Beginner”? What makes it any different from other Gardening Books? It is reader friendly no matter what your gardening experience may be. The wording is easy to understand. There are a few terminologies that may not be familiar. Do not fear, a glossary has been added for the terms that you may not know. Volume 1 represents flowers that bloom in the early spring until mid-summer. Some of the flowers may continue to bloom until fall. Everything that you need to know can be easily found for each flower. The same format is used throughout the book. No more reading through two or three pages to find the information that you need. Information can be easily found with a quick glance. The subject or issue is highlighted on the left hand side of the page. The flowers are introduced with a short history including their origin and how they have been utilized through the ages. Included also are how they are utilized today in modern medicine, industry and for food sources. You do not know the name of the flower that you are interested in finding? No problem, each flower is complete with an up close photo for easy identification. Now that you have identified the flower we need to make sure that the flower will grow in your growing zone. The country is divided into growing zones classified by temperature. A color coded zone map is located in the back of the book. Most states are in the same zone.

However North Carolina is divided into 7A and 7B.

You think that you could not ever have a beautiful flower garden. Wrong, anyone can follow the directions in “Southern Gardens 101” and have a beautiful garden to behold. You first decide what flowers appeal to you the most. Next what color palate you would like, it may be multicolored like an English county garden, a couple of complimentary colors or even just one color. You could also divide your garden into different color zones. Now determine what sunlight patterns you have in your garden. You will need to observe the sunlight at different times of the day. Sun loving plants usually require at least six hours of sun each day. Morning sun is less harsh thus most important for the healthy growth of your plants. Desert loving plants will tolerate the afternoon sun better than most plants.

Now we know the zone, the color and the light requirements. Continue to refer to “Southern Gardens 101” to determine the size of the mature plant. When you buy the plant in a two or four inch pot remember the size it will be when it matures. It maybe one or five feet tall and wide. Therefore the placement of the plant in your bed is very important. Referring to your book learn how to amend your soil for the best growth of your plant. Learn how some plants such as the Bearded Iris are planted so that most of their rhizomes are left exposed to the sun while Tulip bulbs may require planting six inches deep. “Southern Gardens 101” will guide you in how to plant each flower and how to care for them.

You have followed the instructions and have the most beautiful flowers. When along comes an insect and begins to munch on your prized flower. Not to fear “Southern Gardens 101 will help you identify and treat the pest. Disease can also be a problem especially in rainy, cool settings. Continuing with the same format you will find the disease or pest in the left hand side of the page. Several suggestions are given to treat the problem. But the best treatment is prevention. Prevention can be achieved by keeping the plant healthy, using good garden hygiene and spraying your plants preventively. Especially important is the use of a deer and rabbit deterrent.

Do not be overwhelmed by all of the diseases and pest that could affect your plants that are described by “Southern Gardens 101”. The primary goal is to inform you of most of the possibilities that could happen and what to do about them. When in doubt you could always spray with a triple coverage for fungus, insecticide and mitecides such as Neem Oil.

Now armed with “Southern Gardens 101, Helpful Hints For The Beginner” go plant the garden of your dreams. Most importantly go have fun. Experience the self- satisfaction and relaxing art of digging in the dirt. While you set back and receive all the compliments for your labor of your love.


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