6 Ways to Keep Your Garden Healthy
A healthy garden is a place where you can relax, spend time with your friends and family, and get some exercise. As much as gardening is enjoyable, it is also hard work. The health of your garden depends on a set of factors and a bit of your effort and determination can influence most of them.
A smart choice of plants
The very choice of the plants you have in your garden often has more influence on the health of your garden than your ability to maintain it. Start by selecting the disease-resistant plants native to your area which are most likely to adjust well to the conditions found in your garden. Also, consider the layout of your garden and the amount of sunlight, shade, and wind each part gets before you place any of the plants. Make sure that each one gets exactly what it prefers.
Water is essential for any garden to thrive. Even though it seems as simple as reminding someone to water their plants, it’s a bit more than that. If there is little rainfall and a period of drought, your garden suffers. These periods are usually marked by restrictions for outdoor water-use. One of the solutions is to try to collect rainwater in barrels and containers for watering plants during the draught. Another less common solution is using greywater using greywater
.This is the water which comes from the sinks, washing machines, showers, bathtubs etc. everything but a toilet. You can either be very persistent and try collecting it in buckets and containers or finding out whether your area allows the use of greywater and building a greywater system.
The tools you use to maintain your garden are not to be forgotten. They will surely make your life easier, but they will also ensure that you get the job done correctly. From pruning to digging, weeding, aerating, to watering. Quality and well-maintained tools will help you be precise and efficient. Clean the tools every time you finish using them to prevent rotting and corrosion. In addition, you can use retractable hose reels for tidy gardens
, free of yellow marks and water puddles caused by hoses
Damage to your garden caused by pests goes beyond rotten, curly, or half-eaten leaves. When present for a longer period of time, they can completely destroy gardens. In order to prevent, or stop this, you should keep a close eye on your garden and react to any changes. If you care to keep a healthy garden which is also organic, you can hand-pick the pests from it. Also, you should visit a garden-supply store and find natural pesticides suitable for your garden. Alternatively, you can invest a bit more effort in prevention by distributing pest-repelling plants across your garden and using other natural repellents such as fresh and used coffee grounds and used tea leaves.
The same way you should watch which nutrients you put in your body, you should be mindful of the soil conditions and nutrients your plants get. However, if you are growing native plants, it is better not to fertilize the soil than to fertilize it without testing it first, check what it is the soil has a lot of and what it lacks. Again, find natural ways of fertilizing the ground. Use home made compost, organic mulch, once again coffee grounds and tea leaves to regulate the nitrogen levels and balanced acidity.
Using raised beds
Raised beds are quite simple to make
and they can easily be incorporated into any type of garden. The reason raised beds are a way of keeping your garden healthy is because the conditions in which the plants are growing are easy to manipulate. The soil composition, drainage, and weed-control are easier to achieve.
The health of your garden starts with planning and planting. By creating the best possible conditions, taking the necessary precautions, carefully monitoring your garden, and nipping all issues right in the bud you will keep your garden green and healthy.