National Gardening Month: A Few Plant Basics
April is National Gardening Month. Gardening can be relaxing, fun, and a great way to spend some time outdoors.
If you’re new to gardening, it’s great to learn some of the basic terms. Here are some of the basics to know before planning your garden.
- Hardiness zone: Where you live will affect how well plants will do in your garden. The USDA hardiness zone map will show you which hardiness zone, indicated by a number, you are in. These hardiness zones will be listed with plant information on plant tags and in catalogs.
- Perennials: Perennials are plants that have a life cycle of more than two years, meaning they will come back after the winter. Even if the top part of the plant dies back, which is frequently the case, the root systems survive. Perennials will vary by hardiness zone, so when shopping for plants make sure they are perennial in your zone if you are wanting them to last more than one season.
- Biennials: Biennials are plants whose life cycles end after two seasons.
- Annuals: Annuals are plants that have to be planted each year. Their entire life cycle happens in a single season.
Enjoy the growing season!