“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them” – Liberty Hyde Bailey. For some of you, gardening may not just be a hobby but a passion. It requires and rather teaches patience and watchfulness, and above all it breeds trust. There are innumerable such benefits of gardening. However, to reap such benefits, one also needs to put equivalent efforts, especially during the rains. Monsoon can be as destructive as blissful for your garden, if proper care is not taken. Here, we give you monsoon gardening tips that’ll help you have a beautiful garden.
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One of the most major problems you might face during monsoon is the growth of those unnecessary plants, called weeds. They affect the nourishment of the plants and tamper their growth. This happens more so commonly in vegetable gardens owing to the soil bed they have.
Tip: Keep trimming your garden regularly to avoid any harmful growth
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Yes, the rains are a natural source of water and they act as natural sprinklers. However, water stagnation is a major problem everyone suffers. Water logging causes the natural nutrients of soil to wash away thus considerably depriving plants of the required nutrition and nourishment for growth.
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Tip: Improve the drainage system so that water can be drained out easily. Having shallow pits around the plant will prevent too much of water logging.
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Naturally, to avoid too much damage from heavy rains you might think of covering the plants with plastic sheets, right? However, did you know that by doing so you are rather damaging the growth of the plants!!! Do not use opaque sheets to cover the plants. This will completely block the rain water. Instead, use perforated sheets that are especially made for that purpose.
Tip: Perforated sheets act as a natural sprinkler and allow some amount of rain water to drain and reach the plants that in turn benefits them.
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Earthworms are a farmer’s best friend and we’ve been learning their benefits since our childhood days. We all know how beneficial they are to the soil as they fertilize and nitrate the soil apart from providing aeration to the plants by digging tunnels.
Tip: if you find earthworms to be clustered at one place in the garden, pick them up and spread them so as to get fertilization at all places in the garden
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Just like earthworms, welcome these creatures with open arms. Frogs and toads are insect eaters.
Tip: Allow these creatures to enter the garden by the way of a running stream or flowing water
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This might be quite misleading but logic says that the plants would get enough water during the monsoon naturally.
Tip: Water the plants only when the soil has turned dry.
As eager as you may be to take care of your planted babies, make sure you don’t leave footprints on the soil, especially on clay. These footprints that stay behind are an evidence of soil compression. This results in the soil particles getting packed too tightly which in turn squeeze out the necessary oxygen required for the soil.
Tip: Never walk on wet soil/clay
Although, toads and frogs would help you with killing the insects around, not everyone would be lucky to have the presence of these creatures. Another way to kill insects is by using kerosene. Insects easily get attracted to the smell of kerosene.
Tip: Keep a bowl of kerosene in the garden and place a light insect killer close to it
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The concept of terrace gardening has now become popular in our country. So if you are planning to start gardening with the monsoons arriving, Terrace Gardening might suit you well.
Tip: Roots can harm the construction of the building
This is no rocket science and we don’t need to explicitly list the advantages of cow dung manure, should we??? Foliar fertilizers are also good for the plants.
Tip: The fertilizer has to be sprayed during the monsoon season as soon as the pores of the plants are open. Thus, the open pores absorb the fertilizer immediately.