Finding Your Green Thumb During These Times
With all this new-found time on our hands and the warm weather we are experiencing, many of us have discovered the farmer in ourselves. But we may have also discovered that it is not as easy as it looks! I imagine you might have noticed that there is way more to gardening than putting some seeds in the ground and hoping for a salad.
Here are some common mistakes you will want to avoid when venturing into the home “farming” business.
- Not watering your vegetables properly: All plants need water to survive, however, there is a right way and a wrong way to apply that water. Watering in a “splash and dash” manner does not cut it. Vegetables, especially, need a deep watering. Horticulturist, Jessica Walliser advises: “”I recommend holding the hose at the base of a plant for 15 seconds, then moving on to another plant. Then come back to the original plant three or four more times, for 15 seconds each time. This really allows the water to soak down to the roots.” Deep watering enables the plants to develop deep roots.
- Getting the leaves wet: When watering your vegetables, try not to water the foliage because this increases the risk of diseases for some vegetables. Consider installing a drip system or use a soaker hose and water early in the day.
- Not reading plant labels: Everything you need to know about plant care will be on the plant label or seed packet. This information will help you avoid surprises when it comes to harvest time. This is especially true of tomato plants.
- Neglecting to regularly harvest your veggies: Many crops will produce maximum yields only if they are harvested several times a week. Beans, for example—as well as tomatoes and peppers—should be harvested regularly to encourage more than the initial harvest.
Following these tips, you can have yourself a successful and bountiful harvest to enjoy in your own home.