Planning a garden for the NZ climate and weather conditions requires expert advice. Your very own garden is a very good addition to your home’s property. We all love eating or dream about eating produce from our home grown garden 🙂 And spending time planting flower beds, young trees and shrubs. I know my dream home was always the nice house with garden to spend my weekends outside in the sun.
Important conditions to consider when planning a garden.
- Important condition number one is the type of soil and its composition – The most important condition to planning a garden is the composition of the garden soil. It’s very important all the soil has plenty of nutrients and minerals. Speak with your local gardening expert or arborist.
- Important condition number two is the existing or required drainage – Correct and effective drainage and runoff is very important for planning a garden. How well your plants and trees will depend on the water drainage. Especially with the amount of rain expected in one day in NZ conditions. With too much water when it rains, water can create small pools and cause serious damage to certain plants. To make sure this does not occur, create your garden where there is good drainage and water runoff. Also, be sure to check the soil pH levels. Speak with your local gardening expert or arborist.
- Important condition number three is the sun exposure – First, consider the amount of sun exposure your garden will receive. In the New Zealand, the north side of most homes will receive the most sun exposure. Therefore, it’s a good idea to create your garden here instead of the south side. With that said, you should still monitor your home’s landscape on a sunny day to determine exactly how much sun each side receives.
- Important condition number four is Plant Varieties – Now what type of plants do you want to grow in your garden? Not all regions of NZ are suitable for all plants and trees. Don’t make the mistake to grow the wrong plants and trees. Especially not suited to the region or climate where you are planning your garden
- Important condition number five is what nearby plants there are – Finally, look to see how many plants or trees are growing near the area you are planning a garden. Too many plants and trees will restrict the amount of nutrients and water your garden plants will receive. Making it challenging to grow a healthy garden. Best if you plan your garden where there are few or no plants and trees close by.
We are already in the month of May, however while the warm temperature remains you can plant the below plants 🙂