Watering your garden is not as simple as pulling out the hose and giving it a sprinkle. It is little known that most people either over-water or under-water their gardens. Both are equally as damaging.
Ask the question: DOES IT REALLY NEED WATER?? You can easily wash away nutrients by overwatering. A good rule of thumb is that shrubs in pots need less water and bedding needs more.
You can tell if the plant needs water by:
- dry and crumbly soil;
- soil shrunk away from the pot;
- Wilting Leaves (this can be a sign of either over watering or under watering a plant)
WATERING TIP: One inch of water on top of the soil goes down 9 inches deep into the soil/compost.
RESOLUTION TWO: Thou Shalt Prune More Regularly
Regular pruning serves two purposes. The first is to keep the plant under control and the second is to promote new growth. Never be scared of pruning. There are very few plants that won’t handle a good cut back at any time of the year. Most fruit trees are the exception. More specifics on this in our pruning pages.
RESOLUTION THREE: Thou Shalt Weed
Weeding can be boring. However, the more weeds you remove, the less you will have next year. Please see our section on Weeding for full details on how to reduce the weeds in your garden successfully.
RESOLUTION FOUR: Thou Shalt Grow Salad Leaves and Herbs
This is surprisingly easy. Why spend money at the supermarket when you can grow a succession of salads and herbs for only a few dollars or pounds. As spring approaches we will cover salad and herb sowings in greater detail. But for now, start to think of the herbs & salads you would like to grow. You might even pick up a packet of cheap seeds at this time of year that you can store in a dry cool place.
RESOLUTION FIVE: Thou Shalt Not Be a Slave to Your Garden
There are always jobs to do in the garden but don’t let them become the focus of the project. Your garden is an ever-changing picture and you can miss some lovely details by concentrating on the things you haven’t done. Look at your garden as a creative process that you can direct and enjoy the fruits of your labour this year rather than bemoaning the never ending chores. We will help you over the course of the year with tips to make your garden more low maintenance and a place you can enjoy.
As we say here at The Perfect Garden: Get Out and Garden!