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Fact sheet: Gardening in a new climate

Garden is probably one of the best activities that one could indulge themselves into, most especially if they consider themselves as nature lovers. Having your own garden is something that adds up to the overall “character” of your home. It provides a serene and relaxing atmosphere that a mere condominium or apartment unit cannot provide (unless of course, your apartment has an indoor garden, that is!)

Anyone can be a gardener – regardless if you look at it as a profession or a hobby. If you are someone who has been indulging in greenery and pleasant blooms, you know that it can be sometimes tough to cultivate plants in changing weather conditions. It could be quite challenging to figure out which plants ought to be planted on a certain climate and which type of soil to put them into. Those who have lived in the tropics all their lives would probably take a fair amount of time to adjust to changing climates – in terms of gardening; whereas those who have lived in cold areas may find it a bit overwhelming to also conform to new weather conditions.

This is what you need to do:

1. Familiarize yourself with your new surroundings - This may be quite difficult at times, but there are options that will help you adjust properly. You may opt to join a local gardening club or organization, and you may also ask local gardeners and florists for tips and advice. The more information you acquire, the easier it is for you to determine the perfect plants to cultivate in your new garden.

2. Make do with your current resources - If you are used to having a large garden and then you suddenly are forced to deal with a smaller sized one, you can opt to “break things up” a bit. This means that you may section parts of your garden to enable you to work with one portion at a time should there be any drastic changes in the weather.

3. Decorate your space - You may use garden accessories such as sculptures and lamps to pose as fillers so that your garden is not left bare should there be a scarcity of your favorite plants.

4. Patience is a virtue - It may take quite some time for you to conform to the weather conditions. (In some countries, some residents claim that they experience four seasons in one day!) Time will definitely help you understand the plants that grow better in such weather conditions that you are experiencing.

Below are additional tips when it comes to planting during the different seasons:

a. When planting during fall… choose a space in your garden that has constant sunlight before clearing out the dirt and planting.

b. When planting during the summer… find a spot that’s not too hot or too dry. If your only option is somewhere where the sun constantly shines on, make sure that you have a watering bucket and mulch to prevent the plants from drying up and dying

c. When planting during the winter… pick a portion in your garden that gets enough sunlight. Don’t forget to add sand or organic compost to the soil since the ground tends to freeze during the cold season. 

d. When planting during spring… evaluate which types of plants grow best during this time such as bulbs, tiny trees, and shrubs. Find materials that are able to improve the quality of your soil before planting anything on it.