If you want to have the best garden on the block, you need to build successful habits. These are the top things that master gardeners do on a regular basis–how many of them have you tried?
Make Your Own Compost
If there’s one thing every gardener should do, it’s this. Even when done in very small spaces, composting is the best way to produce quality fertilizer. Not only that, but it’s cost-effective, too. You’re literally turning garbage into something valuable!
Good Soil Beats Artificial Fertilizer
Any seasoned gardener will tell you that plant health starts with the soil. Many newbies try to use artificial fertilizers–you know, the kind that rhymes with “lyrical show”–to boost plant growth.
However, you’re much better off starting with a good, rich soil (bolstered by home-grown compost) than anything else. In fact, all that chemical fertilizer might be doing more harm than good!
Another great tip is to use mulch everywhere you can. Mulching plants helps regulate soil temperature and minimizes the amount of moisture evaporation so that you don’t have to water as often.
You’ll need to replace mulch regularly as it breaks down.
Keeping a record of what you planted and when is vital for growing both your garden and your knowledge. It’s also a good idea to keep notes on things like the first and last frosts of the year, unusual droughts or heatwaves, rainy seasons, and other weather matters. You should also make notes about any plant diseases or pests, as well as your attempts to get rid of them.
Unfortunately, gardens aren’t a hobby that you can pick up and put down whenever you like. Once you start growing, you’ll need to stick with your plants throughout the wheel of the seasons.
Even in winter, there are things to be done, such as pruning and cleaning, to get ready for the following spring. The good news is that all the hard work will benefit not only your garden but your physical and mental health, too.
Share the Bounty
Finally, all gardeners love to share what they’ve grown. Once you get the hang of things, you’ll have more vegetables, fruits, and flowers than you can handle!
Giving baskets of produce to your neighbors or coworkers is great, but you could also think bigger. What about connecting low-income families with fresh veggies or donating your extras to a soup kitchen?