How to Maintain your Garden

Having a garden is one of the most relaxing and joyous things that one can do. Taking care and seeing your plants grow day by day. Sharpening your patience as you wait for the flowers to bloom. Seeing them dry and wither when the time has come and then replace them with a new one. You want to take care of your plants like a baby.

There are times when plants get sick and you wonder how it happened and what you can do about it. Maintaining a healthy garden is not a chore if you really love gardening. Here are some tips I can give you to keep your garden beautiful and healthy.

1. Make sure to buy only healthy plants

When you want to take home a new plant check if it is free from disease. If you introduce a sick plant into your garden, it will most likely spread and infect the healthy plants.

2. Have healthy soil

Plants need healthy soil. Different plants need different kinds of soil. Keep the soil loose by turning it with a spade at least once a month. Add organic compost. If you have a compost box at home you can use that to fertilize as Planet Natural suggests.

3. Have enough moisture

Plants need the right amount of moisture for it to grow and survive. The amount and frequency of watering depend on the kind of plant you have. So read up on the type of watering each plant you have needs.

4. Check for weeds

Having weeds in your garden can slow down the growth of your plants. Weeds compete for nutrients and sunlight so remove them once you notice them.

5. Keep an eye for bugs

Insects can damage the plants. There are also fungi, bacteria, and viruses that attack the plants. These can harm and cause an infestation that can be difficult to control. Take action once you see any signs of harmful insects or disease. Using ladybugs will also help you keep the pests away.

6. Slugs

Slugs can be damaging pests. If you see a lot of slugs in your garden try this remedy. Pour beer into a container and leave it in the garden overnight near the slugs. They will be attracted to the scent of the beer. You can get rid of the slugs in the container the next day. 

7. Use the correct fertilizer

You may also need to apply fertilizer into the soil to ensure that your plants get the nutrients they need. Lack of nutrients can produce plants smaller than normal and makes them more susceptible to stress and disease.

8. Allow enough space between plants

If plants are overcrowded tend to grow poorly. They may also compete for light and moisture.