11 Sep How to Maintain a Garden
The key to a healthy garden is maintenance. Only through maintenance will the garden look fresh and bear flowers. It also doesn’t hurt having a garden when you are looking to sell the property but keep in mind; an untended garden will start producing weed and pests.
Here are some pointers you have to remember in order to maintain a garden.
Check for the soil quality before feeding
You must first feed the plant only after the soil has been fed. This is because having healthy soil results in healthy plants.
To make the soil healthier, plough it by breaking large chunks of soil. After doing this, make sure to add a thick layer of organic material such as manure or compost right before planting.
Placement of the seed
While planting seeds, note the depth of the seedling and plant according to that. If you buy pre-packaged seeds, you’ll have to plant them as per the directions.
Your garden has regions with different microclimates. Plant the seeds according to their climatic requirements. For example, if you plan on cultivating tomatoes or melons, make sure to find areas in your garden that are hot whereas if you plan on growing carrots, pick cooler sections.
Before planting seeds, make sure to remove all the weeds or grass that is present in the garden. This is done to prevent unwanted competition for nutrients, sunlight and moisture.
Mulch the garden up to 4 inches deep after the plantation process. Keep mulching while it is growing as well. If you find traces of weed sapling in the mulch, use a garden hose to knock it down.
As soon as the edibles in your garden ripen, make sure to harvest them. If you find dead plants around the garden, pull them or destroy them and use them as compost if they stop producing.
Pest control should be your priority while growing edibles in the garden as they can damage or possibly infect them. Remove any or all debris that you can find in the garden as these are the areas where pests can thrive.
If you plant winter crops, you may expect them to bear fruit during the winter as this is wholly in the hands of the climate of the area
After planting the crops, make sure to regularly check them for pests such as cucumber beetles or aphids. In order to kill these bugs, all you need to do is drown them in a jar of soapy water.
For smaller sized pests, all you need to do is hose them down.