GARDEN IT RIGHT
What does it mean?
Gardening is a very personal hobby; it connects us to the earth. I have been gardening with my family for years. Gardening may seem complex but it’s not difficult. Gardening is a form of art, we observe the growth of plants very closely which also leads us to relate our lives to their lives. We usually don’t realize how much satisfaction we can derive from planting.
Gardening is the cultivation of plants for their flowers, appearance or of useful plants like basil, aloe vera, curry leaf, and so on. We may also choose to plant vegetables for our daily use such as tomatoes, chilies, cabbage, etc. Spending time outside can help reduce depression, anger and stress. Furthermore, gardening is good for you as it can help reduce the risk of diseases such as stroke and osteoporosis as well as improving your immune system.
Which type of garden?
Vegetable gardens can be a lot of fun to maintain, and you will literally be able to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Vegetable gardens have a lot of benefits to them aside from simple aesthetic appeal. You could potentially use your vegetable garden to provide your family with food. It would be quite difficult to grow enough food to sustain an entire family, but many people enjoy lessening the number of vegetables that they have to buy at the store through their gardening efforts. This is also something that is very appealing to people who care about the environment You will need to be careful with how you are caring for each type of vegetable that you decide to plant in your vegetable garden. Different vegetables will require different things, and some might need to be watered more often than others. Remaining vigilant is a necessity if you want to grow a successful vegetable garden.
When to start gardening?
If you’re new to gardening, you may think the growing season doesn’t begin until April or May. But that’s not true — it begins at the beginning of march. Planting seeds early so that they have time to grow into seedlings makes it easier for them to grow in the spring time. There are a handful of plants that thrive in the cooler conditions of late winter and early spring. The following crops qualify in this category: Broccoli Cabbage Cauliflower Kale Lettuce Mustard Peas.
Gardening should ideally start from 2-3 weeks before spring. Starting seeds indoors gives your crops a head start on the growing season and the chance to grow in a stable, controlled environment. Growing your plants inside will give you and early advantage and will help your plants grow faster and better in the main spring time. A lot of seeds can be started indoors, but some are better off being sown directly into the garden. plants such as root vegetables should be directly grown in soil, but you may grow plants like tomatoes and peppers. Starting seeds indoors or outdoors depends on the length of your growing season, as well as your climate. If you are in a cold region then planting indoors gives the plants a head start as the length of growing season is less and it stops them from freezing where as in warm climates the growing season is longer and plants can be directly sowed. If you plan on sowing your seeds indoors make sure that you do it at least 6-8 weeks before so that you will have a longer growing season. When seedlings have grown too large for their seed trays or starter pots, it’s time to transplant.
In July, the rains start and temperatures reduce and the soil cools down. There are still some Vegetables which grow wonderfully in this season. August is the ideal time to plant these plants like a second gardening season after summer. Veggies like Beans, Cucumber, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli and peas can be grown in this season. In September plants like Broccoli, Garlic, Blueberries, Spinach and radish can be grown. Flowering plants like Hibiscus, Indigo Flower, Cape Jasmine, Lotus, Gul Mohur, Monsoon Cassia, Water Lily and Dew flower bloom in the monsoon season.