Planning for a New Gardening Season

Every year at this time I reflect on last year’s garden and consider what improvements I can make to my Canadian prairie garden and greenhouse. 

What will I plant? What did I grow last year that I loved? That I didn’t love? What changes can I make to my landscape or planting plan so my plants can be more successful?

Plant growth is limited by seven factors. These are the elements to focus your thoughts and plans on:

  1. insufficient or poor quality light
  2. lack of available water
  3. nutrient deficiency
  4. poor soil structure
  5. weed competition
  6. disease
  7. insect pests

Most of these issues can be prevented with good planning and monitoring. Some, like building soil structure, may take a bit more time and patience to achieve.