It’s time to set up your garden! Having a good spot is crucial to the success of your plants. Your garden will need sun most of the day, access to water, and a good foundation to grow upon.
Tips for finding your spot
- Make sure that your water source is conveniently located for frequent watering. Your plants will need as much sun as they can get, so try to find a space that gets sun most of the day
- Access to sun, water, and soil is all plants need to grow strong and healthy. Plants are autotrophs, which means they require carbon dioxide and an inorganic nitrogen compound to create their own food. This process is called photosynthesis! During photosynthesis, a plant takes energy from the sun and water and carbon dioxide from the air and creates glucose (sugar), which feeds the plant nutrients and helps it grow. Then the plant releases fresh oxygen into the Earth’s atmosphere!
- If we didn’t have photosynthesis, humans would not be able to live on Earth. Photosynthesis is the number one source of oxygen on our planet, which allows humans and creatures to breathe! Humans and plants have what is called a symbiotic relationship. When humans breathe out, they release carbon dioxide. Plants absorb carbon dioxide, and release oxygen for humans to breathe in. Having a garden in your backyard not only produces delicious veggies, but provides more oxygen for our environment.
- Every garden is different. It’s important to know your hardiness zone and when the proper time to start your garden would be. Hardiness zones are geographical locations divided by climate that are used to determine where and when plants will thrive.
To find out what growing zone you’re in, use this link.
Move on to the next lesson to find out how to prep your soil for your garden!