Sometimes it can be difficult, even for experienced gardeners, to keep their garden green and healthy all year round. There are a number of little things you can do to encourage your plants growth, while making the process much easier on yourself.
Healthy Garden Tips
Below are 10 healthy garden tips for small gardeners like you!
No matter what you may be planting, from vegetable to shrub, fruit to bulb, always ensure they have the space to grow properly. Plants need the right soil and ample space to thrive. If they have to compete for those nutrients with other plants, they will all struggle to survive. They need to be given plenty of moisture and sunlight, so make sure they have room to enjoy the air and get their essentials.
No matter what you are doing, the right tools are very important to have. A gardener should have high quality tools for their garden. A good mower, for example, will work well to ensure that the garden is healthy, along with wheelbarrows, rakes and spades.
Make sure you keep the soil as fresh as possible. At least once a month, though more is optimal, take your spade and turn the soil over. If you’re using clay, it’s likely that the soil will grow quite hard and crumble, so give these extra attention and care.
Plants need water to survive, we are all well aware of that. However, are you aware that plants are 90% water? They are, making it that much more essential that they remain moisturized and watered. It’s best to water in the morning, while the temperature is lower, to ensure the water isn’t evaporated in the heat of the day.
Slugs enjoy gardens and plants, but if your garden is being overrun, there is something you can do about it. Beer! That’s right, just keep a container full of beer outside and let the soil drink it up overnight. You’ll find them all in the container the next morning, as slugs are attracted to the smell of beer. Just keep it up until there aren’t any left. Eggshells keep them away as well!
If you don’t have the time to water your plants every day, choose plants that are able to retain moisture longer. Plants like gardenia, chrysanthemum and jasmine don’t require as much watering as other plants do.
Weeds are stubborn, suffocating plants that can cause harm to your plants. They are often difficult to get rid of, and are merely controllable. Eradication of weeds should be done using natural methods like these and physically removing them. Vinegar is another great natural method for weed control!
Mulch is one of the best ways to keep your soil healthy and cool for your plants. It is a natural weed suppressant, and can be made at home. After mowing the lawn, collect the grass and scrunch it up.
If you’re using clay, it is likely to grow hard unless you do something about it. Consider mixing it with organic compost to keep it loose, and ensure that it can hold moisture for the plants longer.
If you want to grow vegetables, or if you already do, remember that they love direct sunlight. Keep them clipped, watered and in the sun to have happy, healthy vegetables.