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Plants and Seedlings

Sustainability is one of the watchwords and phrases that are often used in the restaurant and hospitality industry, along with locally sourced and organically grown. Many diners and shoppers look for these types of items when eating out or shopping in a grocery store. By growing your own garden filled with delicious vegetables and fruits, along with delectable herbs and seasonings, you can actually bring sustainability, local sourcing and organically grown foods to your own kitchen, eliminating the middleman. There are also plants that you can grow that flower or grow into trees and bushes that make your home look nicer on the outside. Plants and seedlings make it so you can get a good head start on your garden planting without waiting for seeds to sprout.

What are some things to know before buying plants and seedlings?

There are several factors to take into consideration before selecting plants and seedlings for your garden. Amongst these are:

  • Climate and season
  • Sunlight
  • Soil type and pH level
  • Plant hardiness zone

Certain plants only thrive in specific climates, such as temperate, tropical or subtropical, or at certain times of the year, such as spring or autumn. Sunlight levels noted as:

Partial shade plants are the most versatile as they are able to grow in varying levels of sunlight. The soil type you have also dictates how successful your planting is as some plants require a certain type of soil, such as clay or loam, and have the soil in a specific acidity or pH level. Plants are also noted by what hardiness zones they thrive in, which ranges from 1, which is for plants that grow well in ambient temperatures from -15 to -10 degrees Celsius to 7, which are plants that need the temperature be at 15C or higher.

What are some of the plants and seedlings available?

All forms of plants are available, include vegetable plants like squash, zucchini, bell peppers and eggplant; fruits like strawberries, lemons and tomatoes; herbs like mint, basil and rosemary; flowers like roses, orchids and geraniums; sapling trees like elm, palm and pine; and other plants like box hedges, ornamental grasses, cacti and climbing plants. Different tree types vary, but include:

  • Shade
  • Ornamental
  • Nut
  • Fruit
  • Flowering
  • Exotic
  • Conifer

Plants are available in three forms: seedling, plant plug and plant.

What else do you need to have a successful garden?

In addition to a steady supply of fresh water, gardens and plants need topsoil and food in the form of fertiliser. For an organic garden, look for natural fertilisers like manure, blood meal and cottonseed meal. Having a set of garden tools, such as a hoe, gardening shears or pruners, garden rake or fork, garden trowel or spade, edger and pruning saw can make planting your plants and seedlings much easier. A wheelbarrow makes the work go much faster and gardening gloves take less of a toll on your hands.

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