Is Timing Important for Your Garden?

“All great achievements require time.” –Maya Angelou

Of Course! Most anyone knows you don’t put out plants, you have had inside for the winter, while there is still the danger of frost. Some plants thrive in cool to cold temperatures. They would be called hardy plants. Examples of garden varieties would be lettuce, snow peas, and even marigolds. Whereas most garden plants are considered tender ones. If you put out tomato or pepper plants before it is warm enough for them, you are risking them staying alive. You wouldn’t put beans or sunflowers in cool dirt either & expect them to grow. So you have to wait for the right timing to plant. Wait for the dirt to get warm and the days/nights to stay warm too.

Another gardening practice that requires timing is succession planting. This is where you plant some seeds like lettuce, beans, or flowers and in a few weeks later, plant them again. Ensuring you have a steady harvest as plants die, new ones are thriving. Just keep track of when you planted what and where. You don’t want to pull up your sprouts thinking they are weeds! Something else with succession planting is to rotate what plants are planted. For example, planting cool weather ones in the spring, hot weather plants in the summer, and cool weather ones again in the fall – all in the same general area of the garden. This option is used frequently with flowers. Therefore having blooms on flowers in as many seasons as possible. The insects will love your garden and your garden will benefit from having them there.

Watering and fertilizing likewise requires you to take note of timing. If you water too often, the roots won’t go reaching for it and making strong root systems acquiring more nutrients. If you fertilize too soon after watering, the plants won’t be thirsty enough to benefit from the extra nutrients. At the same time, fertilizing too often can have adverse effects on the plants. So keeping track of watering and fertilizing requires a little bit of time but your plants will benefit from it.

Furthermore, the timing of growth and harvest relies more on God’s timing than the scientific process. He is the one who provides the sunshine. He is the one who brings the rain. He is the one who gives you energy and desire to garden in the first place. It can be discouraging at times to see other gardens having so much more growth than yours. Just remember, God controls the timing of your harvest when you are ready for it – not before.


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