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You might have just set up a beautiful garden, but the real challenge is to maintain your garden. If one of your plants gets affected, the other plants can also easily be affected, and your entire garden can easily be damaged. Identifying the sick plant in your garden is very important, as the bacterium, fungus and viruses can easily infect it. Keeping your garden green and healthy involves a lot of hard work. But if you happen to have the passion for gardening, it shouldn’t be a problem. The following are some of the tips to keep your garden healthy:
Plants need healthy soil to absorb nutrients and minerals from the ground. If the soil becomes hard, the roots find it hard to penetrate through the ground. You need to make sure that you turn the soil at least once a month with a spade or a stick so that you loosen up the soil. If you have clay soil, you might want to top it with organic compost so that the soil is loose at the top for a longer time.
Check the roots of the plants before buying the plant:
Some roots might already be sick, and you should avoid buying such plants from the store. When you are buying a plant, you need to make sure that the roots of the plants are healthy. Ensuring the health of the roots before buying is one of the best ways to limit the diseases in your garden. Most of us find it hard to identify which one is a good plant and which one isn’t. Do not buy plants which have spots on them or if it has insects on them.
Choose the right plant for your garden:
Just because you like a plant, it does not mean that it will grow well in your garden. Plants need the appropriate climatic conditions to thrive. So choose the plant which will grow well in your garden. Also, consider choosing plants which are more resistant to pest, diseases etc.
Allow proper spacing between two plants:
Without proper spacing, it is very easy for a non-sick plant to get infected by a sick plant. If one plant gets affected, the plants near the infected plant might also get affected if there is no proper spacing between them. Also, try to group the plants so that you can reduce your efforts in weeding, watering etc. Only where there is enough spacing between the plants, there will be free-flowing air circulation.
Water your plants only in the morning:
Watering your plants two times a day might seem like a good thing, but if you happen to have fungal problems in your garden, you should avoid watering your plants during the nights. You can also use fungicides to prevent them from growing on your plants.
Mulching your garden can save it from a multitude of problems. Regardless of what you are planting, you need to mulch. This is done so that the garden can grow healthier and with lesser pests than before. A mulched garden is always healthier than an unmulched one no matter what.
In this article, we’ll show you the methods that need to be employed while mulching.
Rules of mulching
Here are a couple of things that you need to know.
Mulch should only be laid on the soil after it has been weeded.
While adding a layer, you need to add one that is thick enough to discourage the further growth of weed. To do this, you need to add a layer that is at least 5 inches thick. But for shadier spots, you can add a layer that is only 2 or 3 inches thick.
If weeds are a regular occurrence in your garden, use the double-mulching method. This can be done by spreading a newspaper on top of the plants and mulching it. Water the plants before setting the newspaper.
The type of mulch
You can get either organic or inorganic mulch. The difference is that organic mulch includes materials such as chopped leaves, grass, compost, straw and sawdust whereas inorganic mulch comprises materials such as black plastic or geotextiles.
Although you can use either of these two, the advantage while using organic mulch is that it decomposes into the soil as time passes by, thereby increasing the fertility. This isn’t the case with inorganic mulch as they do not break down.
Inorganic mulches do find applications in situations where the plant requires heat during the night.
Here are some other options
· Wood chips
You can use wood chips as mulch. You can get them from a utility or tree-care company. It needn’t be original; you can also use decorative chips for this purpose.
· Grass clippings
You can use the grass from your lawn as mulch. It’ll also enrich the soil of the lawn if you leave some of the grass clippings on the lawn.
Straw is an excellent mulch that provides soil moisture retention, weed prevention and the addition of organic matter in the soil.
A good feature about geotextiles is the fact that they let air and water into the soil while also keeping weeds from poking out. But they degrade with each passing day as sunlight reduces its usability. You can always cover this mulch with another mulch.
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.
Keep harvesting and keep track of the edibles that you grow
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.