If you have a garden you are obviously going to want healthy plants. Not only do healthy plants look nicer, but if you have a vegetable garden you healthy plants will produce more, higher quality vegetables for you to eat. A lot goes into gardening and it is a very engaging hobby. Gardening can pertain to a flower garden or flower beds and also maintaining any shrubs you have that accent your landscape. The amount of work you have to put into your garden depends on both your climate as well as your chosen plants.
The first step when it comes to maintaining healthy plants is taking care of your soil. Before doing any planting or if you are having trouble growing you will want to test your soil. Certain plants require certain nutrients as well as varying pH levels. Mixing organic matter like your own homemade compost is a great way to boost the nutrient value and get any plants off to a good start. The more nutrients in the soil the better the soil quality and the more likely that plants will grow stress-free.
Choose the right plants for the right location when it comes to sunlight. If a plant requires full sun make sure you are growing it in a place that has full sun. You do not want to grow such a plant next to to your house if that area is shaded most of the day. For those places near the side of your home you will want plants that tolerate shade.
Proper Watering Techniques
Water is important for plants and watering your plants properly is even more important if you want them to be healthy. A mistake a lot of inexperienced gardeners make is watering their plants in the middle of the day. The sun evaporates all of the water before the plants can actually absorb it and then the water does not do them any good. For some more delicate plants this can also scorch and damage their leaves. You also do not want to water late in the evening. Although it is cooler the temperatures drop too much at night and this promotes the growth of fungi, bacteria and other plant diseases.
The best time to water is early in the morning. This gives you plants adequate time to absorb the water. Also avoid watering the leaves at all if you can. Water around the bases of your plants instead. This gives the water a much more direct path to the roots.
If you have any perennials, especially herbaceous ones, they will at least need annual pruning. You should go in at the start of spring and remove old growth and look for crossing branches. Do this before they become full of leaves and flowers so that you can get a better look at the branches. This keeps them under control, shaped nicely and allows better air circulation. They can become crowded by old growth and it will make them unhealthy.