How to grow a stronger and bigger garden
I don't know about you, but some years in the garden, it's like my plants flourish and grow like no tomorrow. Then, in other years, I feel as though I need to tiptoe around them carefully, otherwise, their leaves and stems might break. For years, I couldn't for the life of me work out what I was doing wrong. I was planting seeds in the same spot, watering them regularly and making sure they got enough sunlight. But when I took the time to analyse my processes, I realised the smallest actions were contributing to the success of my plants.
With years of gardening experience behind me, I now know exactly what I need to do to make sure that my plants grow to their happiest and healthiest selves.
Though we can't always plan for the weather and the unexpected if you're looking to promote a stronger garden, here's where you can start.
Fertilise your soil
Now, this doesn't mean you need to purchase chemical-laden fertilisers from the grocery store. It can simply mean providing your soil with nutrients that it otherwise wouldn't have access to.
Something as simple as throwing potato skins and natural food scraps over your garden to compost can provide it with nutrients that will strengthen the root and promote better growth. Some other great food scraps to throw over or plant in your garden include crushed eggshells, bread, citrus rinds and greens. Just about anything that excludes meat can help.
If you want to get your plants to their fullest, you can even purchase a natural fertiliser from a nursery or supplier. Just make sure you know what is in the mixture so you aren't damaging your plants.
Add some lime
Sometimes our plants will turn yellow or purple for no apparent reason. If you are certain they are getting the right amount of sun and water, but they are still changing colour, they may have a calcium deficiency.
There's no need to panic. When this happens, some simple actions can get your plants back on track before you know it. When filling your watering can, I highly recommend squeezing some fresh lime juice into it. This can provide a natural source of calcium to your plants and help them return to their green selves.
When in doubt, ask an expert
Have you ever heard of Murphy's Law? If you haven't, it goes as follows, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
I like to think that this is the ethos our gardens live by. Always eager to test our limits and give us a challenge, our gardens will present us with several challenges we will need to overcome, even those we didn't anticipate.
Though we would like to think we can solve everything, sometimes we can't. But, chances are, someone else has encountered this very same problem in the past.
With many gardening forums available online, you can always snap up a pic and ask for help. It's sure to give you the answers you're looking for and help you revitalise your yard.
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