The smell of freshly cut vegetables, refreshing wind flowing through your hair, the beautiful sight of blooming plants, you get all that and more when you have a garden at home.
But watching your plants dying can be an ugly sight. Thankfully, there are certain tips and tricks that you can use to keep your plants healthy and thriving. If you’re a plant parent, then these tips and tricks will help you in taking care of your plants.
Pick The Right Plants
It’s essential to find a perfect fit for your garden. Pick the plants according to the climate that you’re in. Bad fits won’t stay around the garden for long. Understand the requirements of the plants before growing them in your garden - the hours of sunlight they need, the amount of water, type of soil, fertilizers, etc. Once you cater to all their needs - they’ll flourish in your garden.
Use this Vegetable Seed Sowing Calendar For India to pick the perfect greens.
Watering (Balance, is the key)
Overwatering, as well as underwatering, can hinder the growth of your greens. Keep your plants hydrated but ensure not to drown them in water. Overwatering your plants can lead to wilted growth and cause root rot. Water your plants near the roots and not the stem/leaves to stimulate their growth. Reduce the hydration in the cold winter months and increase in the hot summer months.
For pots, use a saucer to water your plants. Let your plants absorb water from the saucer and remove the excess water after a few hours. Always remember while watering your greens, balance is the key.
Change Is (Not Always) Good
Changing the environment is a complete no-no if your plants are thriving well in their location. Plants don’t adapt well to changing environments. If you’re planning to give your plant a new home, do it slowly. Let it get used to the new environment and then leave it in its final place. Sudden change can hamper your plant’s growth.
Prune Your Plants
When you see any wilted yellow leaves, cut them. Pruning your plants will promote their growth and keep them looking their best. Say goodbye to anything that’s turning yellow or is spotted. Wipe off the dust by sprinkling water or gently cleaning it with a wet cloth to ensure they receive proper sunlight. A well-groomed plant always turns out to be a healthy plant.
Source The Right Seeds
Purchase the seeds from a reliable source. Some seeds do not sprout/grow because of their low quality. Sourcing the right seeds becomes the most important part of your gardening journey - it can make or break your garden.
You can buy seeds online in India from AllThatGrows.
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Greens Pick Their Home
Choosing the right size pot for your plants will help them grow well. A big-sized plant in a small container can never grow well. The roots of the plants will get pot-bound and the soil will dry too quickly. When the roots start coming out of the drainage holes and the plant starts overgrowing the pot, it’s time to find a new home for it. Read our container gardening guide to learn more.
Give each green its own space to thrive by planting them in separate containers. Grow bags make a great home for plants to grow in. They allow air circulation and water drainage.
Look Out For Bugs
Bugs and diseases can disrupt the growth of plants. Aphids are the most common bugs you’ll find lurking around and making their way to feed on your precious plants. If you notice your plants growing weaker, cure them with a natural mixture of neem oil & soap water. Spray this magical mixture every now and then and keep your plants pest and disease-free.
Use a good potting mixture for your plants. You can source potting mixture from any local nursery or DIY by mixing equal amounts of red sand, organic compost, and cocopeat. Prepare a crumbly textured soil that can retain moisture. Keep your soil packed with nutrients by adding organic compost such as tea compost, fruit peels, etc. Healthy soil is the key to healthy plants.
A little bit of attention and care will go a long way! Plant parenting can be a bit tricky at times, check on your greens regularly to ensure their health. Grab high-quality seeds from AllThatGrows and start exercising your green thumb. Happy Gardening!
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