Seeds Outdoors Part 3 Tiger Tip
Seeds Outdoors Part 3
WEATHER and ENVIRONMENT
Weather and environment play a pivotal role in the functioning of the natural world, including your garden. It can be the source of free water. Sometimes rain can be excessive, but if you have prepared your soil and garden beds, what isn’t needed can drain away. If rain is insufficient, a conscientious gardener with a watering can or hose can supplement it. Wind can help with air circulation, lowering the incidents of fungal and bacterial diseases. In excess, it can increase a plants water needs or cause damage. Temperature, however, often holds the biggest sway over our gardening plans. Temperature governs the rate at which things happen in a plant. Concerning germination, temperature influences how fast germination and emergence occur, if at all. All plants have an ideal range for germination. Weather history influences the soil temperature. As days get longer and air temperatures increase, soil temperatures do the same. Your Botanical Interests seed packet gives you a recommended time to sow your seeds outdoors. This recommendation is based on two things: 1) the ideal soil temperature for germination of a given seed, and 2) the time of year that soils are most likely, on average, to be the ideal temperature. With this information in hand, you can time your plantings to give your garden the best chances for success.
Now that you know what factors influence the success of an outdoor-sown garden, you can put them into practice. It is always a good time of year for planning. Start by picking out which Botanical Interests varieties you want to grow. Ask yourself, “how much sun do they need?” Then go take a look at your soil and space. Read your Botanical Interests seed packets. They have all the information you need to make your gardening decisions and create your best garden ever. Let the fun begin!