6 Ways to Keep your Garden Healthy
Nothing is better than a well-kept and fertile domestic garden that leaps to the eye. But to have the wished effects, you must pay attention on the care and maintenance of your little “Adam and Eve’s paradise”. This type of work requires a certain level of dedication, and attention on daily basis, as we are dealing of living beings (plants). You must be very careful, beginning from the conception of the domestic garden (am I going to plant just flowers? Am I going to add some vegetables too? What about mushrooms?), then use the observations of your results to compare each week, so you can keep control of the general effects. Here are 6 useful tips to keep your garden healthy:
Know your soil:
Most people beginning or even with some experience with garden always neglect the study of the soil they are using to cultivate. It doesn’t require rocket science, just a bit of interest. There are 3 Main types of soil:
clay soil, sandy soil and loam soil. To clay soil, you must add organic material such compost. As this kind of soil absorbs water very slowly, you must water it as fast as the soil absorbs the water. For sandy soil, the best way is to supplement with nutrients by adding organic matters, because otherwise, the water can so quickly that the plants can’t absorb it. Loam soils usually are the best kind of soil for domestic garden, as it’s formed by a combo of sand, silt and clay. It absorbs water steadily and can keep a good hydration for the plants, in general.
Feed the soil:
Using compost and well-aged manure to this purpose is very good, because a healthy soil rich in nutrients is better when it comes to resisting plant diseases and insects attacks.
Problems on most domestic gardens, weeds are a problem by themselves, but also harbor insects and disease to the good plants. You must weed your garden regularly, especially on growing season, to keep weeds under control.
Cleaning dead plants:
Get rid as quickly as possible of dead or rot vegetation, such as old leaves, plant stalks, etc. It can be a harbor for pests and harmful insects for your garden.
In case of disease, keep it clean:
If you are having a problem with some plague, make sure of making your garden clean out of sight. Remove and destroy the diseased parts of plants to protect your healthy ones. Find out how much of the plant you need to remove. Sometimes just taking off diseased leaves is sufficient. Depending on the infection, you may have to remove the entire plant.
Plants can’t survive without moisture. Most plants are made up of over 90% water so it’s essential to keep them hydrated. Water plants early in the morning when the weather is cooler so less water is lost through evaporation. Make sure you are watering your plants on right space of time (every vegetable culture has its own time to water, and also its own needs for water).