When you have a garden, no matter the size, keeping it green and healthy all year long could be a lot of work for the experienced ones and more work when you’re new to gardening.
Here are some tips that how to maintain a garden easily with little effort.
Every plant needs the right soil to grow accordingly. You can use spades to turn your soil once a month. This keeps it loose and light. Harder soils like clay have the tendency to become really hard, which would lead to them crumbling over time, so they might require more love and care.
Clay soils also require a bit of topping up with organic compost to keep them light and functional at its peak for longer periods. You can use locally made compost but it has to be healthy and quality soil to work when topping up your soil.
As a gardener, there is no substitute for the best garden tools. The same way a chef values his knife collection, a gardener needs to look after its best tools in order to keep the garden healthy. To keep your tools refreshed and sparkly free of dust, you will need to make do with sand and oil.
The process is simple – you start off by filling an old pot with dry sand; after which you mix it up with lubricating oil such as Wd-40 or vegetable oil (depending on the one that is readily available to you). Once this is done, you gather your tools, use a putty knife to remove the large clumps of caked mud from the tools, if any.
Then, you plunge the tools into the sandy mix. Place the sandy pot filled with your gardening tools in a dry place and let the mixture do its work. When it’s time to reactivate your tools, pick them up and wipe the dust off them with burlap or coarse cloth. They will look crispy shiny as new.
Plants can’t survive for long without moisture; most are made up of 90% water so it’s quite essential to keep them hydrated. Ensure you water your plants early in the morning so they can stay hydrated and won’t end up losing much water during evaporation. Plants need water to survive.
They don’t have an internal or external skeleton to give them strength, they get the structure they need solely from the pressure of the water in their cells. Each cell contains elements such as mitochondria which converts sugar into energy so the plants can use this to maintain its shape.
The water pressure within the plant cells is called ‘turgor’ which is linked to its source of deriving its strength from a liquid source. Plants also require water for photosynthesis which is the process by which it uses the energy from the sun to create energy for survival and growth.
Know the requirements of your plants before you begin. Some plants like Jasmine and Gardenia can retain moisture longer and requires less watering than others. If you’re the busy type with no one to water your plants, you might want to look into plants like these. When planting shrubs or fruits, ensure there is plenty of room for growth.
Each one of these plants will require lots of moisture and sunlight to grow. Ensure each one has less competition and more space for air to pass through and grow. If you decide to grow vegetables also, space and the right soil matters but they need to be placed under the sunlight to grow, clipped and watered regularly.
Mulching is essential for keeping the soils healthy and pleasing to the eyes. They are also good for keeping the weeds out of your garden and the best part is they don’t have to be expensive.
You can make mulch locally by collecting the grass from your lawn mower when its mown, then using the leaves to scrunch it up.