Gardening can be hard work, and you certainly want the most produce out of your garden as you can get. That way you can enjoy crisp, beautiful vegetables. As the harvesting season comes, there are a couple of things that you can do to maximize your garden produce.
Start With the Right Soil
A good harvest comes from plants that are healthy and strong. Soil is where that all starts. That’s where you place the seed, and the soil becomes its home. Soil provides nutrients, structure for the roots, water, and air to help it grow.
Different plants grow better in different types of soil. Before you plant your garden, it is important to look at what soil options you have. Are you planning on buying soil and putting it in garden boxes, or are you planning on using the readily available soil? With some research, you can find what type of soil will be best for what you want to grow, or what will grow best with the type of earth you already have.
Watch for Pests and Disease
Watching for pests and diseases is a constant effort throughout the growing season, but if you watch for them, you give your plants a better chance. Keep a wary eye out for any irregularities in your plants, and check for ways to fix problems at your local nursery.
Though there are a lot of diseases and pests that affect all plants to check for, there are some you need to consider that may only affect certain types of plants. Consider corn. There are many diseases that can impact your corn seeds and stalk that you need to watch out for. One of them is more prevalent and affects many plants: root rot. This comes from fungi in the soil. Another disease is southern corn leaf blight: a different fungal disease that attacks corn specifically. Watch for what can attack the specific plants you have.
Have a Watering Schedule
So, you’ve planted your garden carefully with the right soil, you’ve watched for disease and maybe planted some pest repelling plants. Then you have a crazy week when you forget to water. This can be extremely detrimental to the health of your garden. If your plants don’t dry out completely, it makes your produce less fresh and crisp and can even lead your vegetables to rot. Having a watering schedule reduces this risk. What can reduce this risk even more is having your watering on an automatic system.
Having and caring for a garden can be a rewarding, delicious experience especially with winter just around the corner. By following these tips, you can make the most of your garden and enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your labors.
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