It isn’t easy to keep a garden healthy, especially if you live in a healthy ecosystem. While that is also good for your plants, the insects and animals that include leafy plants in their appetite aren’t. Here are a few tips on how to keep your garden healthy and free of insects and pests:
• Peek before you buy. Have you ever wondered how soil can be re-planted even when there are plants already? That’s because of the roots. Soil in which plants with unforeseen diseases have been planted on usually doesn’t retain the nutrients needed to sustain other plants.
• Prepare the Soil. Don’t just plant away when you already have your plants. You should prepare the soil first. Feeding it with 2- to 4-inches of organic material will give it the nutrients needed to sustain your plants. This is especially helpful if it was planted with bad plants once.
• Eye out for Bugs. Bugs are natural killers of plants, so you should take special care to see whether your plants are getting weakened by them. As much as they carry pollen, they are also agents of viruses which may make your plants sick.
• Proper planting. When preparing your plants, you should inquire about how they should be planted. Some plants need to be rooted deep in order to grow fully; others need only a shadow depth to survive. Study up on your plants and you’ll see results.
• Cultivate properly. If you see plant damage setting into your plants, start pruning them. Cutting off damaged limbs at the right time will save most of the nutrients for the healthy parts of your plant. It will also make space for new, healthy parts of it to grow in.
• Proper care. Make sure you’re planting at a space where there is lots of sun to catch. Be sure to also water your plants properly—some plants like a lot of water, while others survive even if you don’t water them frequently.
Growing a plant can be a lot like growing a business or taking care of a pet. Proper care and time should be allotted to them to see them grow properly—otherwise, you run the risk of watching them waste away instead.
Tips on Starting your own GardenSo you’re a beginner looking for a suitable plot to start your garden in. Maybe you’ve seen a show and got inspired to start one. Nevertheless, gardening is something you can’t take lightly; it takes time, effort, and the dedication to see it through.
Your Beginner Garden
Below are some tips and tricks to help you get started on your gardening journey.
Gardening hack#1: Beginner garden. Have you seen old boxes or wooden platforms in your garage? If you don’t have space to create a garden, make these into your garden! Turn it upside down, fill it with garden soil, and you have your very first lawn.
Gardening hack#2: A Teflon shovel. Don’t want your shovel to rust? All you need is a garden shovel and a Teflon lubricant. Spray your shovel with the lubricant. You have your instant Teflon shovel that soil won’t stick to.
Gardening hack#3: Create compost. Creating compost is easy. While your plants naturally create compost (dead leaves, branches), you only need food waste like egg shells and fruit leftovers to create your own compost. You also took part in saving the environment by doing so!
Gardening hack#4: Homemade time-out corner. Have you ever had invasive plant species killing your other plants? Simple create a safe box by cutting out the bottom of a plastic container with a knife then planting the plant in it. It creates a barrier that directs the plant’s roots directly down to the soil.
Gardening hack#5: No space? No problem. Tired of lugging pot after pot or creating space for your plants? You can turn your own old wheelbarrow into extra space by placing a platform on it. Aside from it being a place where you can leave potted plants, you can also use it when you’re re-arranging your garden by moving plants en masse.
Make Gardening Simple
Of course, there are other gardening hacks you can discover on your own. The beauty of planting is in the discovery—these tips are here for you to follow or modify according to what works for you.
Gardening may be calling to you, but are you sure you have the right tools for it? It doesn’t matter whether you have a green thumb or not—it’s important to have the right tools or you won’t even be able to make a single sprout come up from the soil.
To start your gardening journey, you’ll need:
The spade is usually what most beginner start with. You’ll know it for its usually spoon-shaped blade. It is also known as a shovel and it’s a good tool to dig any type of soil with. There are small spades that can be used for planting shrubs and small plants and large ones need for planting medium plants and trees.
If you only have small shrubs to plant, it’s better to use a trowel. A trowel is basically a smaller spade, with a pointed blade-like formation at the end of the spoon. It is better for digging small holes for shrubs, smaller plants, and other annual and perennial plants.
A hoe is not a promiscuous female, mind you, but a gardening implement that helps you loosen soil before digging into it. There are many types of hoes, so you better be sure you’re choosing the right one suitable for your chore.
Have you seen a garden with lines in it? That means it’s been smoothed by a rake. While rakes are usually associated with clearing leaves and other debris that may clutter your gardening space, rakes can also be used to fix the soil.
There are big and small clippers. Big clippers are used for plants with wood branches, while small ones can be used to shape shrubs and fashion plants. Use the appropriate one for the right chore.
There you have it! The right tool for the job usually makes that job easier. Don’t buy all of these at once—the best tools for gardening are usually handed down, but if you really need one new, don’t hesitate buying at a sale or at a budget.