Cultural Considerations for a New Garden

Plan the cultivation of your next garden by assessing some cultural considerations.

April 2018
By Mark Highland

Cover courtesy Cool Springs Press

Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally (Cool Springs Press, 2017), by Mark Highland is a modern visual guide to growing organically. The book provides step-by-step photography and how-to projects so readers can take a hands-on look at updated popular gardening techniques. The following excerpt is from Chapter 6, "Care, Cultivation, and Conditions."

Now that we've discussed fertilization and water needs as they apply to organic gardening practice, we turn to the remaining cultural considerations: sun exposure, wind prevalence, soil moisture levels, mature plant size, and physical environmental conditions, all of which have a part to play in organic gardening. Providing proper care and culture goes a long way toward avoiding the common problems with pests and diseases that could discourage your devotion to the organic gardening path.

Perhaps you are planning a new garden — if you've purchased a new home, for example, or have signed up for a community garden plot for the first time. Or maybe after some time as a gardener, you've decided to start fresh with a new approach or a new layout. Whatever the reason, spending some time planning the cultivation of your next garden pays off in the long run.