Keeping the garden healthy all year round, whether small or big, will involve some work. There is no need to spend a lot of money and effort on a garden then have it fail because you did not keep it healthy. There are some things you can do to ensure it remains healthy. There is nothing worse than coming to your garden and realizing that there are plants that have died. Below are some tips that will help you have a healthy garden.
You should always try to start with healthy plants. If you are not able to get a trusted local grower, grow the plants from seeds. When buying plants, take the time to look around and see the quality of plants being sold. Be on the lookout for signs of disease and insect infestation. Some of the signs include irregularly colored or spotted leaves. When you buy improperly grown plants, you might hurt your other plants because diseases easily spread.
There is one gardening secret many people don’t know about. When watering new plants, use diluted seaweed solution because it will help in ensuring good contact with soil and encouraging your roots to grow. You can find liquid seaweed fertilizer is garden centers. They are organic and environmentally-friendly. You can even make if yourself, but this depends on where you live. There are some places where it is illegal to collect natural plant matter.
There are some instances where you are forced to till before you plant, especially if your soil is hard clay. It is not a good idea to dig or till excessively because it ends up destroying the soil structure and killing microorganism. The most important time to till or dig is when you prepare the beds. After that, all you need to do is add compost on the top. This will not mess things up and the critters end up working for you.
Mixing it up
Alliums, marigolds, mint, rosemary, radishes, and many other plants will help in repelling certain insects, but they are also important in attracting pollinators. Pollinators are beneficial insects or birds that help in spreading of pollen, which is needed for plant reproduction. You should try having three to five types of pollinator plants in the garden because it will encourage visits from butterflies, bees, and birds. It can be had to know which plant attracts which pollinator, making it a good idea to mix things up.
Protecting Your Plants
If cabbage moths, flea beetles, or other insects are causing problems, use floating row covers after you are done planting to protect transplants. You should do it immediately because waiting will give insects time to lay eggs, which will incubate under the covers. When the plants have started flowering, remove the covers so they can be pollinated.
When weeding, make sure you have dug out the entire weed, or it might just grow back. Dispose of the weeds as far as possible.
The above tips will help you have a healthy garden all year round.