Unless you are into hydroponics, maintaining healthy soil is crucial in gardening because the soil is where your plants get most of their nutrients. Many of us tend to forget the importance of good soil quality, whether your plants are grown in pots or on the ground. A healthy soil must have good texture, lots of organic matter and the right pH level (preferably neutral for most plants). There is a common misconception that simply adding fertilizer to the soil on a regular basis improves soil quality. On the contrary, too much fertilizer can be damaging to plants and it affects the quality of our garden’s soil. As soil quality deteriorates, plant growth and productivity also decline over time, and plants become more susceptible to a lot of diseases in the long term.
Your gardening doesn’t have to ruin those beautiful hands. Dry and cracked skin, callouses and dirty nails are but some of the complaints of avid gardeners. Gardening may also expose your skin to harmful germs and insects that can bring diseases or cause you allergies. It’s important that you protect yourself while gardening, by following a few simple tips on how to care for those working hands.
One of my earlier mistakes in gardening was regarding the use of fertilizer– either from too much of it or too little. I had been too eager to see immediate results for my seedlings, that I practically bought every single product that had the words “organic fertilizer” on the label. Later on, I realized that I only needed a few basic ones, and the rest were simply redundant. In fact, I also discovered that I didn’t have to buy since I could produce them from my own kitchen scraps ( See my blog post “DIY Organic Fertilizer from Kitchen Scraps“). Read More
One of the issues our world faces today is the problem of potential water shortage. In many places, potable water has become a limited resource that can not be wasted. Most households use water directly from the tap, for cleaning, washing and bathing. If there is a home garden, watering the plants also consumes a major portion of the water bill. Thus, using water wisely should be every gardener’s objective.
Starting an urban garden is like learning to ride a bike: you’ll probably fall a few times, before finally getting it right. In gardening, failure is just part of the learning process. However, a lot of these rookie mistakes can actually be avoided if the new gardener is properly guided on what he ought to do (or not to do). Here are a few useful things to remember before starting an urban garden. Read More