Gardening is not a daunting challenge. The youth and especially the millennial generation have been relatively distanced from soil, flowers, plants and even vegetables. You would be amazed to know how many people don’t know some of the most common flowers when they see them. It is true that gardening requires effort but not too much of it. You do need to spend some time but not hours or even half an hour if you have a relatively small garden. You don’t need to spend a fortune and you don’t need to be an expert in gardening.
Let us check out the realities that you would have to deal with as far as garden care and maintenance goes.
- The first element of garden care is not watering. It is preparing the soil followed by planting the seeds. Once you have your soil tested and after you have picked the seeds according to the suitability of the soil, all you need is aeration and compost. Aerate the soil, add the compost and then plant the seeds. You may plant the seeds and then add the compost depending on what trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables you have chosen. Depending on the time of the year and the quality of your soil, you may not have to water it initially. Many species will require watering while being planted regardless of the season.
- Watering the plants or weeds and the soil is not something you can bring down to a routine. If you do, make sure you don’t use too much or too little water and definitely adhere to the routine. The best approach to water your garden is to check if the soil is dry. Insert a finger or two into the soil, check if the soil is moist, if it is then you don’t need water. The challenge here is that you cannot be sure when the soil would go dry. The best approach is to check early in the morning. The soil would get drier through the day so ensure you water the soil before leaving for work.
- Do not be too proactive and do not procrastinate with garden care. You don’t need to preempt all possible diseases and hence add the insecticides or pesticides and all the fertilizers in the world. Also, don’t wait for unhealthy trees or plants to get worse before you act. Once you have wilting flowers and dehydrated fruits, there is not much you can do for that cycle.