“Painting the Patio Green”
Plan Before You Plant
…it is well, above all things, that the garden be small enough or the planting of one’s grounds simple enough to be maintained in comfort both to one’s self and to one’s pocket book, that gardening may not become a weariness but remain a pleasure, and the garden be a delight to the eyes instead of a visible evidence of things undone.
Now, in order to realize this pleasing vision, there are certain homely details which, before she buys her seeds and decides upon her summer’s planting, the prospective gardener would do well to consider, such as these: What sort of diet can be provided for the plants? Is the soil rich or poor? If poor where can well rotted manure be had? How much can be spent on fertilizer? What water supply is possible? What position can be given the plants shade or sunshine exposure to wind or shelter?
And here are a few “Don’ts for beginning gardeners:
- Don’t try for bargains in plants. Get good, carefully packed stock from a trustworthy, well established firm.
- Don’t send in your order the last minute and expect to get the choicest stock.
- Don’t begin your garden experience with extraordinary novelties. Such plants usually require expert care to bring forth anything but disappointment.
- Don’t try too many sorts nor plan too large a garden; a few plants well grown and a small garden well cared for are better than many unhappy plants on a large area untended.
- Don’t slight the preparation of the ground.
- Don’t economize on manure.
- Don’t use any but well rotted manure; if that is not available get commercial fertilizer.
- Don’t fail to find out all you can about the soil.
~The Joyous Art of Gardening