Gardening is an enjoyable pastime for so many of us. By creating a beautiful garden you can extend your living space, get some exercise, and learn about the natural world. You can even grow your own vegetables, and save yourself some money. To create a lovely garden, you need to focus on the health of your plants. To help you make some improvements today, consider these five ideas.
1 . Avoid crowding your plants
To create a healthy garden, you should avoid overcrowding your plants. Plants need their own space, when they are too close together, it’s difficult for plants to grow. If plants are crowded together this creates more humidity, making it easier for plant diseases to thrive. Plants that are crowded may be prone to diseases like rust or powdery mildew. Crowded plants will compete for nutrients and light, and may struggle to grow as a result.
2. Pest control
To keep your garden healthy, you’ll need to keep the pests away from your plants and flowers. There are a few natural products that you can use for pest control. Chrysanthemum flowers are useful for pest control. You can purchase powdered chrysanthemums, and dust this powder over your plants. Alternatively, you might like to plant these flowers in your garden. Diatomaceous earth is another great option for pest control. It’s a kind of natural sand, which contains fossilized algae. Some pests are harder to remove than others, if you’re having an issue with mosquitoes you may need to contact Mosquito Control services.
3. Make healthy compost
With a healthy compost pile, you can grow delicious vegetables. Make sure that you use ‘green materials’ and ‘brown materials’ in equal measure. Brown materials include prunings, chips of wood, or cardboard. These materials produce carbon for the pile. Green materials are rich in nitrogen, and include vegetable scraps, clippings of grass, and plant waste. You’ll need to aerate your compost pile to keep it healthy. You can use a compost tumbler, or a garden rake.
4. Permaculture gardening
Permaculture gardening means growing fruits, vegetables and herbs in your garden. This type of gardening depends on the wind, rain and sun, to help the garden thrive. It essentially means, ‘permanent agriculture’, with a focus on holistic gardening.
According to the Ecologist, ‘a natural growing system sustains a continuous cycle, with dead plants becoming mulch for new growth.’ The idea is that food waste is used as compost. Natural predators replace weed killing spray or slug pellets. Natural solutions help us to practice sustainable gardening.
5. Disease control
To keep your garden healthy, it’s important to think about disease control. After the fall, you should have a clean up, removing dead leaves. If you clear away dead leaves it’s less likely that plant diseases will spread in your garden. When you’re planting new flowers, choose those that are more resistant to diseases. Ensure that you clean your garden tools, and always rotate the crops you are growing. Small adjustments like this will help you to prevent plant diseases.
With so many ways to improve the health of your garden, your plants and vegetables will soon be thriving!