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.