What zone? - Knowledgebase Question

Mechanicville, Ne
Question by jschiskie
February 18, 2009
I have 3 small areas for gardening around my mobile home. One is sun/part-shade out front, under a pine tree, where I have rose bushes, bulbs, azaleas and some groundcover. Another area is a veg. garden. The third is a 2'x15' flower bed with lilies, crocus,blue fescue; I add misc. annuals to it. I am getting my soil tested this year because all beds are not flowering. Advice?

Answer from NGA
February 18, 2009


You are in USDA zone 5. Once you get the results from your soil test back, you will know whether or not your soil is lacking some key elements. As a matter of routine, you can always improve your garden soil by adding organic matter each spring. I just spread 4-5 inches of compost or aged manure over my garden beds each spring and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Then I plant. Over the years this practice will result in rich, loamy soil that will grow almost anything. Best wishes with your garden!

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