This pandemic has wreaked havoc in most people’s life and some started to embrace the new normal of being indoors. Some picked up hobbies, both old and new. Some started baking, some watched countless hours of Netflix and others took up a skill right in their backyard: gardening.
The smell of soil and flowers, the taste of herbs and fresh produce, and the feel of warm sunshine provided stability during this difficult and uncertain times.
Whether you’ve got a garden or containers on your patio, porch, or balcony, growing your own fresh vegetables is easier than you might think.
Growing some seeds and sprouts is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to start a garden. There is a wide range of crops you can plant, and most of them are readily available at your local nursery or shops. Among the more popular choices include chillies, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, mushroom, and all types of beans.
One doesn’t need to have a green thumb to start planting. Just some basic knowledge on plant care and you are good to go.
If you live in an apartment or condominium, you can always start your project with pots. Herbs like mint, basil, thyme and coriander grow well indoors.
Just make sure you have a sunny window, some time, and the eagerness to grow your own foods inside your home.
Here are some tips for growing potted plants in small indoor spaces:
Plants in container thrive best when they have adequate room for drainage, so make sure to use pots with holes. You can choose to place stones in the bottom of your pot before putting in the soil to allow the water to trickle through the stones.
Use Plotting Mix
Grow your plants in a plotting mix, designed for container gardening. You can buy one from a nursery or make your own. There are various types of potting mixes, each customised for specific plants or plants in certain growth stages. For example, a cactus mix mimics the natural growing environment for cacti so they can still grow well indoors.
Plants need enough sunlight to grow well. Place your potted plants in a sunny spot, ideally by the window. If you don’t have windows or any sunny spot, get some grow lights to aid their growth.
Here are some gardening tips to keep your garden healthy
Proper moisture is essential in the healthy growth of your garden. When using a watering can, make sure to water the roots directly. Allow the leaves to dry instantly and for the roots to absorb the water.
Reminder: overwatering can increase the risk of fungal growth and root suffocation.
Check for signs of pests
Inspect your trees and plants carefully for any signs of pest infestation. Old trees can be prone to pests and diseases. If you detect the presence of pests or diseases, get a pest control to eliminate the issue.
Prune damaged parts of plants
Trimming is good to keep your plants healthy. Use the appropriate garden tools to get the job done. If you think you lack the skills and tools for pruning, contact a professional arborist.
Lastly, one important ingredient that does the trick. Some tender loving care!!!