Running Into These Common Home Garden Problems? Here Are Our Grow-To-Tips!
Getting out into the sunshine to cultivate your own home garden can be an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Whether you are nurturing endless rows of flourishing flowers or growing your own deliciously fresh veggie garden, gardening offers a feeling of accomplishment along with an abundance of major health benefits.
However, no matter your confidence behind the gardening tools, it’s natural (and very common) to deal with a few hiccups along the way.
Below are our Grow-To-Tips on what to watch out for if your garden isn’t looking as bright and beautiful as you’d like.
Just like humans, plants desire the right balance between getting out under the sun and hiding away in a shady area. The amount of sunshine necessary for each plant will differ but there are a few tell-tale signs you can look out for that will tell you if your plant is getting too much or too little sun.
If your plant has had too much sunlight, you may notice patches of brown on its leaves. This is a sign that it’s burning under the heat of the sun and is desperately awaiting you to whisk it away into the shade for some refuge. You may also notice that the leaves look singed on the ends, anything that may signal harsh heat could be a sign your plant is getting a little too much sun.
A plant that isn’t getting enough sunlight is going to produce small leaves (if any new leaves at all) and will begin turning dull green or yellow. You may find that it has dropped its leaves or that it has become ‘leggy’. A leggy plant is one that has got a lot more stem than leaf. If you start to notice your plant taking up any of the above characteristics, it may be time to move it out into a well-lit area to catch some sun.
Fruiting Vegetables (Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, melons and squash): 8 hours of sun.
Root Vegetables (Carrots, beets etc): 6 hours of sun.
Leafy Vegetables (Greens!): 4 hours of sun.
Overwatering or Underwatering?
It can be difficult to find the happy medium between overwatering and underwatering your plants, but there are a few key indications that can help you determine if you need to be grabbing for the watering can or putting it down. The first is the feel of your plants. If you notice your plants are feeling a little crispier than they should be, they may be hanging out for some more hydration. However, if they start to feel soft and limp you may be giving them a little too much to drink.
Overwatering your garden can result in some pretty nasty issues. You may notice an increase in fungus and disease, that the leaves of your plants are beginning to wilt (due to oversaturated soil blocking access to air), or even the presence of blisters appearing on the leaves (these blisters may turn into brown or white warty growths). Below are some tips to avoid watering issues.
Our Grow-To Watering Tips
- To avoid ending up with unwanted fungus friends or blisters, check your soil moisture and only water when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil starts to feel dry
- Outdoor plants usually need to be watered more often than those kept indoors. For that reason, we suggest checking on your outdoor plants daily and your indoor plants twice a week
- Don’t forget to check the drip tray beneath the pot for excess water. Make sure to empty it to avoid the risk of overwatering.
Check the Soil!
Healthy soil is the most vital (and often forgotten) element to growing healthy plants. Healthy soil is filled with billions of microorganisms that work cohesively to produce nutrients and minerals necessary for your plant to grow and thrive. Ensuring your plants are being fed all the essential nutrients from your soil is the sure-fire way to give them the best chance to flourish. In fact, healthy soil will act as a natural layer of defence against pests and fungus, allowing your plants the ability to resist them where they may occur.
If you’re feeling dejected that your garden isn’t flourishing the way you’d hoped, it’s time to look to the foundation. Putting time into nurturing the soil beneath your plants is the most important thing you can do for your garden. Not only will your plants be more nutritious, but they will be less phased by imperfections in the weather or watering schedule and better equip to withstand a little neglect here and there.
The great news is, we’re here to help! If you’re worried unhealthy soil may be the culprit behind your home gardening hiccups, do not hesitate to get in contact for a free call. We can revitalise and regenerate your soil to give your plants the nutrients and minerals they deserve and need to flourish.