Each Chicago garden has its own growing environments. These variations within a garden help determine the success or failure of your garden. Since Chicago gardeners prefer successful gardens, they need to be aware of these conditions.
Many plants need full sunlight and space to grow. Examine your Chicago Garden Notebook. Which areas of your garden have sunlight most of the day during the growing season? Plant sun-loving plants in these areas. Remember the sun affects a garden differently in different seasons because of the Earth’s rotation. You need to know the sun’s location during the growing season.
Most Chicago gardens have shady areas beside the house, between houses or near the garage. When you plant in these areas, you need to choose plants that prefer shade or partial sun. There are many to choose.
Some Chicago gardens have dry sections that need to be watered constantly. Drought-loving and native plants will thrive in these sections. You can also improve the soil with compost and add mulch around your plants.
Often Chicago gardens have wet areas where the soil retains water. If your house is adjacent to marshlands, rivers or streams, you probably have this problem. Use plants that love wet soil in these areas of your property.
Windy City gardeners need to contend with the wind. It’s harmful to plants because it dries and parches them. Hedges and shrubs filter the wind and protect a garden. Fences help but often fences and walls create icy sections. If you have a fence or wall, don’t tear it down. Just wait until all danger of frost is past before you plant along it.
When planning your Chicago garden, consider its unique environment.
Use this link to become an Examiner, http://exm.nr/Rv808C .