Once you have planted a nice garden of flowers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs, the work has just begun! There are many things to consider when growing and maintaining a garden. Check out this collaborative post on giving your plants what they need.
Thanks to the hardy nature plants will often have, it can be easy to assume that they don’t need much from you once they have been planted in the garden. With wild plants growing very quickly in your outdoor spaces, it would make sense for the ones you put into place to have no trouble at all. This is rarely the case.
Unfortunately, the flora you want in your garden will usually be far harder to grow than weeds and other unsightly plants. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the work which can be done to make sure that you’re giving your garden all of the crucial elements which will make it healthy.
Doing Some Research
This process has to start with a little bit of research. Each of the plants you have in your garden will be different. They will have unique needs which you will need to meet if you want them to be healthy. Even the most seasoned gardener won’t know about the best conditions for every plant they come across. This makes it essential that you spend time on learning throughout this process.
The sorts of features you will need to be thinking about can be found below. It will also be worth looking for things which are specific to the plants you own. Blogs and forums are perfect for this kind of research, it loads of users being willing to help out.
Plants don’t create energy in the same way that animals do. They are very dependent on light to be able to grow. Some plants need far more of this resource than others. It isn’t easy to tell from the way they look, and this makes it crucial that you look this up. You can figure out which areas in your garden get the most light through some observation.
Plants which need more light than others should be placed in as much sunlight as possible. Those which prefer darkness can stay in the shade. You will notice far faster growth once you have a plant in the right place in your garden.
Even when two plants look nearly identical, coming from different parts of the world often means that they will prefer their own temperature over others. If you live somewhere warm, it should be nice and easy to find plants which can survive the climate. For those who live in colder places, getting your hands on plants which fit the ticket could be a little harder.
It’s always worth thinking about this, as plants can easily be killed when they are exposed to the wrong climates. This will ruin your work if you’re not careful. Of course, though, you won’t be able to change the temperature outside.
Nutrition And Water
As they are living things, plants will always need a good amount of food and water to be able to grow. Lucky gardeners will live in places with a lot of rainfall. This makes it easy to keep the garden moist without much effort. If you are somewhere dry, though, you may have to invest in some sprinklers or a hose.
When it comes to food, some soil will be nice and rich, while others will need to help of products from companies like Agron L.L.C. to be able to support a healthy set of plants. It’s worth being careful when you’re using products like fertiliser, though, as you can quickly damage the ground if you use too much of it on a regular basis.
Not a lot of people realise that different places will be home to different kinds of soil. PH, mineral content, and the food found in your garden will all be different compared to a space somewhere else. This makes it important to think about what your garden can offer. If you want to it to look its best, choosing plants which will thrive in your soil is a great idea.
To figure this out, it will be worth buying a testing kit or two, as this can give you a very clear idea of the state of your space. If you find that your soil is in very bad shape, it will be worth looking at some methods which can be used to make it better.
While they might seem fairly hardy, most plants are very fragile things. They will have trouble when they are exposed to a lot of trauma. Wind, animals, and pollution are all very real threats to the plants in your garden. Keeping them at bay can be a real challenge. Wind can be blocked with fences and hedges, making the first threat you will face nice and easy.
When it comes to animals, though, you will have to look for ways to use sounds and smells to get rid of pests, along with pesticides when you have a lot of insects. Pollution is the hardest issue to face, with the only option for people in bad areas being hardier plants.
Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about the work which can be done to recover when you haven’t been giving your garden enough time and effort. Playing catch up with something like this takes a lot of work. This will usually have to start with some tidying up.
Removing weeds will make it easier for your plants to thrive, and this will go hand in hand with this stage. Of course, though, true recovery takes a long time, making it crucial that you stick with this work as you go into the future.
Keeping a garden healthy isn’t exactly an easy job. Plants can’t tell you if they’re feeling bad or need more of a specific element to be healthy, instead relying on physical changes to convey their health. This makes it important that you keep on top of this work, with most outdoor spaces being quickly over run if their owners ignore them.
What do you do to keep your garden plants happy and healthy? Let me know in the comments section below!
Karren Haller says
Great tips on gardening and what plants need. I have chosen your post to be featured on Oh My Heartsie Girls Friday Feature Party. It has been Pinned on Pinterest and soon shared on Instagram, you will be able to find it at either #omhgww or ohmyheartsiegirl.
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Lee ~ Dragon'sEyeView says
Any thoughts on light bulbs marketed specifically as “Plant Lights”? My son was looking for light bulbs with a 6100+K rating for his planted (fish) tank. I saw some called Plant Lights but didn’t know if those would be even better.
I have not used plant lights, but my brother used special lights for his plants when he had fish tanks. His plants grew really well too! If you try them out, let me know how your son’s fish tank plants do growing in that light.
Lee ~ Dragon'sEyeView says
Thanks — he chose the 6500+K bulbs (they’re marketed as Daylight Deluxe). We’ll see how the plants do!
Totally different question: Any tips on transplanting orchids? I’ll have to search your site! 🙂
I hope the plants grow well with the light! You can get more info on orchids here: https://bloominganomaly.com/how-to-care-for-an-orchid-plant/