BOOST YOUR GARDEN
by Mrs. Harpreet Ahluwalia, owner of Earthly Creations
People with personal garden or small area of vegetation, explore ways to improve their soil quality and yield more. These days due to adulteration, we all are a little skeptical about using commercial products. There are many ways to grow more food from your garden. The secret to healthy garden start at home. It is best to begin with some easy tasks that instantly make the place look better.
1. Your plants need a lift – Start by removing lower branches from the trees and shrubs. This improves their shape, make the area look cleaner. Not only this, it also helps air circulation around the plant as well as making space to plant underneath them. Target those branches that are touching the ground or are spoiling the shape of the plant and remove them back to their source. Ensure your gardening tools are sharp to leave a clean cut.
2. Do the first round of dressing – Once you remove the lower and unwanted branches, scrape away the top-most composts from the pots of well-settled planets. By doing this, you will remove weeds, moss and dead leaves. After this, replace with a layer of fresh compost or mulch and then water the plant. If you find any stubborn weed seedlings or deep-rooted perennial weeds, use a thin-bladed weeding tool or a garden knife to get them out.
3. Small crawlies help your soil – It sounds weird, but you can either purchase worms or raise them yourself. These worms can either be put into your garden directly or add them to your compost. Both the ways they are helpful. Worms can convert what you add to your soil into usable products that the soil needs like vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In addition, they also help to ventilate the soil by moving around in it.
4. Wet soil won’t work–When it rains the smell of the soil is so tempting that as soon as a rain stops, you want to work in your garden. As a matter of fact, you shouldn't work on your soil when it is wet. This is because when you work in wet soil, you compress the air out of it, which is exactly the opposite effect you want to have. Now how to know the soil is too wet to work? Take a ball of soil in your hand and squeeze it. If water comes out of it, then wait for a few days to a week to test it again.
5. Cover crops - As winter arrives, we, tear up the gardens and leave the ground bare and exposed. Due to this, the nutrients are likely to be stripped off because there is no protection. At this time, consider planting cover crops. These are plants, like wheat, that will come in thick and spread out to cover the ground.