Hi guys! It’s been a minute since I was able to post here. There’s a ton going on at our house right now, including a major mold remediation and some renovations around our home. (You can read our whole story here if you missed it or also follow along on Instagram). I originally had some fun garden content planned for the blog, as well as a garden makeover planned here at home, which all got sidelined when we found hidden mold in our home and realized what a huge undertaking and expense remediation would be. Maybe we’ll revisit that next spring! So for now I thought it would be fun to have my friend Annie from Seed Babies share some tips on what you should be doing in your garden right now.
The best part about gardening is planting and harvesting.
But what about what happens in between those two things? Maintenance. While maintenance may not be as glamorous as planting or harvesting, it is just as important. Even a small garden can produce loads of veggies if it is properly and regularly maintained. Gardens that are well maintained are also healthier and more productive. There are ways to keep your garden low maintenance, but in general there are a few things we should all be doing regularly in the garden.
This includes basic tasks like weeding and watering. It’s also important to be regularly checking your plants for pests and diseases. The earlier these things are caught, the easier they are to address.
There are three reasons to prune in the garden. First, you can prune for space i.e. thinning plants. By doing this you are giving the plants the space they need to thrive. Second, you’ll want to prune for health. For example, you can prune off growth that is affected by pests and diseases. This keeps the plant happy and healthy. Finally, you can prune for production. This means you’ll prune off extra growth so the plant can focus more on producing.
This happens in a couple of different ways. First, you want to feed or amend your soil to keep it healthy. You can do this by adding compost and soil amendments. The second way to feed your garden is to fertilize your plants during different stages of development. You can fertilize for leaf growth and fruit growth.
Sometimes plants need extra support too. Plants like tomatoes, peas, and cucumbers need to be trellised. You can also stake certain plants for light support and to keep them from falling over. Peppers and eggplants sometimes need this as well.
There you have it. The four things you should be doing regularly in order to have a healthy and thriving garden.
Want more help in the garden? Download Annie’s Garden Maintenance Checklist here to help you get started, follow her on Instagram, and take her virtual gardening workshop (she’s having one tomorrow, 7/16!)
Do you have a garden? What questions or issues do you face? What is your favorite thing to grow?
More about Annie: Annie is a garden coach. Owner and Founder of Seed Babies. Aspiring minimalist. Lover of nature, pancakes, and dystopian future books. She learned how to grow food in a small community garden while living in NYC and hasn’t stopped growing since. Her company, Seed Babies, designs, builds, and maintains edible gardens and coaches clients on caring for their gardens. Annie is on a mission to get everyone in Columbus growing food.