Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, which covers the US states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Wyoming and parts of Montana, British Columbia of Canada, and Southeast Alaska, has a greater edge over the other regions of North America, especially in terms of perennial plants.
What is the Pacific Northwest?
The region which is commonly called Cascadia has the Pacific Ocean as its western border and the Cascade Mountain Range in its Eastern border. It’s known for its thick forest, and even some of the biggest trees grow there. This is because part of the region is blessed with a snow-free season for more than a year, and it also is endowed with rich soil and abundant rainfall.
However, it must also deal with shorter sunny days. While some parts of the region get to experience intense humid, some places are so dry they can be regarded as a desert.
How to Do Gardening in this Region
Meticulous planning must be done to attain the garden of your dreams in the Pacific Northwest. First, diligent selection of plants is a very crucial step. The plants must be able to withstand a very dry summer and cold and rainy winter. They should also be able to resist fungus due to high humidity.
Second, a soil that is suitable for plant growth should be acquired. Loamy soil is ideal for plant growth since it can keep its moisture and nutrients. After acquiring the good soil, it must be free of any grass or roots from the previous plants.
Third, the weather should also be put into high consideration because it will affect the soil temperature which is key for good seed germination. Lastly, follow the correct distance of seed planting. There is a specific spacing required for different kinds of plants to grow.
These are just a few tips on how to do gardening in the Pacific Northwest. To be a good gardener, you must be pliant and able to endure whatever challenges coming your way. Gardening may seem like a laborious job, but for sure it will all be worth it, especially after seeing the fruits of your hard work.