You’ve prepped your bed, made your plant selections, and planted your new garden - but now what? Gardens vary in their maintenance requirements, but generally, there are a few main tasks gardeners spend time on: watering, weeding, and feeding.
Water is, of course, necessary for plant growth, and maintaining uniform soil moisture is important, especially for fruiting plants. Not quite sure how to water? Here are some tips:
Sunday ProTip: If allowed, consider setting up a rain barrel to collect water for irrigating non-edible garden plants. This is a great way to reduce water use and conserve precious water resources!
Weeding is one of the most important aspects of garden maintenance. Weeds compete with your plants for water, sunlight, nutrients and growing space.
Most plants benefit from an occasional boost of nutrients. Fertilizer amounts, nutrient ratio, and timing will depend on what you’re growing. Feed your plants what they need based on the results of a soil test, and get your soil tested every 2-3 years to make sure you’re giving your plants their best chance at success.
Bonus Tip: Protect your Plants
A well maintained garden bed will result in a more productive garden – which means more for you to enjoy. So dig in, show your garden some love, and enjoy the fruits (or flowers) of your labor!