It’s time to setup 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 close enough to your garden that it is convenient for frequent watering. Your plants are going to need as much sun as they can receive, so try to find a space that receives sun most of the day.
  • Having access to these three resources is all that plants need in order to grow strong and healthy. Plants are autotrophs, which means that they only require carbon dioxide and an inorganic nitrogen compound to create its own food. This process is called photosynthesis! When plants take in the energy from the sun, water, and carbon dioxide in the air, they create glucose (sugar). This glucose feeds the plant nutrients, helps the plant grow, and the plant releases 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 it, and releases 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.
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Move onto the next lesson to find out how to prep your soil for your garden!