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It may seem that gardening is an endeavour that’s not possible to do in the big city these days, what with the limited living space each big city dweller is allowed to have. Fortunately, there are ways to create a thriving garden even with a limited living space. These steps are highlighted below.
The Basics and Essentials
Starting a pest-free garden is easy with healthy soil, which encourages the vigorous growth of plants and gives the garden additional resistance to insect attacks and common plant diseases. Because of this, make sure this is acquired before you even think of the seedlings and seeds you should be getting.
Plant biennials and annuals to add some colour to flower beds, and thus make them look brighter. You may also plant different flowers so your garden will have a different appearance each season. Some great flowers to plant include marigolds, hollyhocks, cosmos, petunias, and sunflowers.
Planning to grow your own food in an urban setup? Then go for fool-proof, high-yield crops. Tomatoes are one good example of this type of plant. Once you get used to them, you’re basically ready to plant more challenging plants.
Dealing With Urban Living’s Nuances
One of the struggles of raising an urban garden is the powdery mildew caused by things associated with urban living—vehicular traffic, pollution, and aeroplane emissions. Prevent powdery mildew from appearing on the plants of your urban garden by spraying a solution of water, one liquid soap dollop, and baking soda to plants once each week. Despite containing liquid soap, the solution does not damage plants, and baking soda is efficient and mild for your plants.
Before setting the plants up, soil composition and type must first be checked through a complete soil analysis, a service you can take advantage of at a company that offers this type of service. Without the soil analysis, you won’t know what needs to be added to the soil so that it can properly support the garden. This, in turn, will result in the ruin of most, if not all plants in your garden.
Pests are Extremely Stressful
When raising your garden, it’s important that you be mindful of stink bugs, especially when fall rolls by. They live in peppers, tomatoes, beans, and many different types of fruits. If taken for granted, they do significant damage to the garden, not to mention that they can smell very bad. As such, it’s important that the following steps be done as well.
Keep the plants dry and aerated. Not only does moisture attract parasites, they also facilitate in the development of diseases, such as fungi. That said, it is also important to apply fungicide spray on the whole area as needed before any problems are noticed.
In order for a garden to truly thrive, there are two things you need to do. The first is growing each plant with love. The second is starting with easy-to-grow plants such as tomatoes and peas until you get the hang of gardening. Tomatoes are generally easy to care for, and peas can be raised inside your house for the first two months.
Another fun way to raise a garden that thrives is by building a rainwater harvesting system along with your garden. Although tap water allows plants to grow healthy, rainwater contains sufficient levels of the nutrients needed for plants to grow healthy.
Rainwater harvesting systems are composed of a catchment system (usually a roof), gutters and downpipes, a filtration system, a http://www.rainwatertanksdirect.com.au/ tank, and a pump. These need to be assembled in the way they need to be assembled in order to be truly beneficial to you.
Author Bio: Rey Carlos Rosales is a marketing and advertising writer for Rainwater Tanks Direct, Australia’s premier dealer of durable and food-grade rainwater storage tanks. When not at work, he takes photos of the strange and weird things he finds. That is if he is not working on a story or poem at home.