Don’t you remember all the hard work you put in your garden to set it up? I’m sure you do, that was no easy job. But, the job ain’t over yet.
You need to put that much effort to maintain your garden. Otherwise, all your hard work can go in vain.
A healthy garden requires continuous maintenance to stay healthy. Most of the plants require enough water, sunlight and nutrients to grow and produce well. You need to water your garden, make sure plants are getting enough sunlight and take weeds out, to make sure they are not sharing the nutrients from the soil that only your plants deserve.
Now, these are not a too easy job, honestly! But trust me, once you neglect your garden, and it gets sick, it’ll take far more effort of you to get it back in good health. You don’t want to do that, do you? If you don’t, then let’s go ahead to know what regular care you need to take of your garden, and how!
Water your Garden
The Basic. Vegetable plants and fruits are 75% to 95% water. The growth of your plant, succulence, the productivity of it, is directly related with the availability of sufficient water.
Emphasize more on watering during the initial stage of plant development and immediately after transplanting. That’s when it’s most necessary.
You don’t want shallow rooting of your plants making it more vulnerable to drought damage. So avoid shallow, frequent watering.
Decreases soil eroding.
You can use almost any organic matter such as wood chips, hay, dry leaves, sawdust, bark etc. The layer can be 2-2.5 inches thick. Make sure the thickness is even all over the garden.
The best time to mulch is spring. Wait until the soil is at 65˚F in the top 4 inches, then mulch. You may use a plastic mulch in warm-season vegetable beds.
Take Weed Out
Weeds are harmful, needs to be taken out. Weeds are those “plants out of place” that grow well in disturbed environments. They are nutrient hungry and compete with your garden plants for limited nutrients and water you have in the soil. They also harbour insect and disease pests.
One major key to successful gardening is weed control. Take action against them as early as possible. You keep bare soil exposed, and they will germinate and fill that.
Try weeding out at a frequent rate, such as once a week or once in every ten days.