How to Keep Your Garden OrganizedJuly 3, 2017
Gardens aren’t always simple to manage. They take plenty of hard work and dedication to maintain. As the seasons shift, you will need to be mindful of changes that might occur in your garden as well, like yellowing leaves, wilting plants, or new blooms.
Yet, in the end, gardens always pay off. There comes satisfaction in a job well done, and having beautiful flowers or crops to enjoy makes it well worth the effort. As the growing season continues, you may find yourself needing to clear out plots, implement additions, or reorganize sections completely.
Here are a few tips to keep your garden organized in the coming seasons:
Keep a Notebook
A very cheap, but very helpful tool for garden maintenance is a notebook. Keep a sturdy notebook with jottings, measurements, and even pictures to help you track the growth and changes of your garden. It is difficult to keep track of everything by eyeballing alone. Having pictures to refer to will give you concrete proof of what changes your garden is undergoing, and how to go about controlling them.
It never hurts to plan ahead for what you want in your garden. It’s important to figure out when to sow, when to plant outdoors, and when and how much each plant should be watered. Don’t forget to look at important seasonal change dates too!
The first fall frost, first winter frost, and the like can have drastic impacts on your garden. It wouldn’t do to get a late start, and then have your plants die before they have a chance to live! A notebook will help you keep track of these things, and give you an estimate of when to expect to see your plants flourish.
Create and Maintain Boundaries
Cages and trellises will create boundaries for your flowers, and tell you when they need to be trimmed. Use mulch as their foundation. This will help control mud in the garden, keep weeds down, and conserve moisture, all of which will aid in your plants’ growth. Mulch helps with weeds, but that still doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check for them yourself. Weeds, if left to their own devices, will become large. They may also spread or produce seeds throughout your garden that could destroy any structure you may have set up. Keep them small and maintained!
Monitor for Disease
Keep an eye out for disease. Diseased plants can very quickly infect other plants. Rarely they can be treated, and usually it takes much more work to do so than to just remove the plant entirely. Even leaving a small trace of the plant behind can still risk infection spreading to the rest of your garden. Make sure that you are diligent in removing all contaminated plants as thoroughly and quickly possible.
If you keep up with these simple steps, they will help keep your garden looking as beautiful as ever!