As a lover of nature, I feel that everyone should plant a small garden in their homes. Gardening is a very useful and healthy hobby. It is a great way to stay fit and ensure the supply of fresh and organic foods and vegetables to your home. Backyard gardens also add a heap of style to your home, and they are a great investment that can save you a significant amount of money in the long run. But, the maintenance of a garden is not an easy job. It requires a lot of determination and hard work to maintain a healthy garden. So, today, I will share some of my best ways to optimize the maintenance process of your garden and make it a lot more efficient and easier. Check them out.
Examine the plants and seeds carefully before introducing them to your garden
To keep your garden safe from diseases and unhealthy plants, you should always examine the plants and seeds that you buy for your garden. Only get your seeds and plants from trusted sources and make sure that there aren’t any diseases in the plants or seeds you are getting for your garden. Now, I know that everyone doesn’t know how to identify healthy and sick plants, but if you’re going to start gardening as a hobby, you will need to learn. You can get some books about the topics or simply watch some videos online to learn how to identify the health of plants and seeds. Make sure that the plant has a widespread root that is white. Also if you see any rotting leaves or stems on the plant, it is not healthy. You can also tell if a plant is sick; it has weird spots under the leaves.
Use smart maintenance techniques
Maintenance is a very time-consuming job, and you should employ some smart maintenance techniques to make the job easier for you. If you can afford it, you can install a sprinkler system to water the plants. Otherwise, you can make an amazing self-watering system for your plants using used plastic soda bottles.
Invest in the proper equipment to make maintenance easier
If you want to reduce maintenance time and do a satisfactory job, you will need to invest in the proper equipment. Using the proper equipment, you can save a lot of time. You should invest in a good quality lawn mower and hedge trimmer. Click here for hedge trimmer recommendations. You should also get some good quality digging tools and pruning scissors.
Get rid of pests and bugs
Pests and bugs are the worst enemies of a healthy garden; not only do they damage the garden themselves, but they also bring diseases from other gardens along with them. You should use some pesticides to get rid of pests, but if you want to make your garden organic then chemical pesticides aren’t an option. You should opt for some natural pesticides that can help you get rid of many pests. Also you have to use plants that naturally repel certain pests. You can avoid certain bugs and beasts by planting garlic or basil among your vegetables. The mixture of sugar and baking soda also works as an effective natural pesticide.
Use natural compost as fertilizer
If you want to have an amazing organic garden, then you shouldn’t be using industrial fertilizers. A great way to save money and get organic fertilizer at home is to make your own compost. You can start by making a compost pile in the soil a week or so before you plan to plant the garden. You can add organic waste for the kitchen such as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, eggshells and used tea bags to the compost pile. Mix the compost with the soil to make it super nutritious for the plants.
Create proper spacing between plants
To ensure proper maintenance of the plants, it is important that you leave some space between consecutive plants. Plants should be at least four to five inches apart so that their roots have enough space to grow on their own. Also, when the plants are properly space, it is easier to prune them, and it is easier to get rid of unwanted herbs and weeds.