Top Secrets that’s useful to know for the happy plant
May 19, 2018
Some tips gleaned from experience in planting will help you have the best plants ever. This can be a little tricky to achieve, but the following secrets will make you achieve it like a pro, and you will be proud with yours plants.
The seedlings planted out in the garden get all their nourishment from the soil and whatever amendments you add to it. Poor soil can be improved with specific treatments but growing your vegetables in raised beds may be a better option for immediate results. Fill the raised beds with a mixture of good quality soil mixed with compost. You should process the moistened soil using microwave or an oven. Add two carts of the mix and microwave them for 10 minutes. You can also bake the mix in the oven for 30 minutes in 350 degrees of temperature and never use the potting soil.
Cover your seed with plastic cup or drinking glass in upside down position. It protects your seeds from cold and it keeps the moisture.
If you root a plant in water, it is recommended to add aspirin on it. It helps in root growth and water absorption.
Know your soil types before deciding on an improvement or choosing plants. If you have moist soil, grab with your hand, give it a little squeeze and open your hands. If it crumbles but manages to keep the shape, give it a poke. If it has a loam, you have perfect soil. If it holds the shape but has nothing changed after the poke, it is dense but nutrient rich. If it falls apart, it is too sandy.
As the plants grow, additional feeding with fertilizers containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium as well as calcium, magnesium, and sulfur helps boost growth and yield. Organic gardeners depend on compost, farmyard manure, vermicompost and leaf mold to provide the plants all the above macronutrients as well as micronutrients such as iron, zinc, copper, manganese, boron, molybdenum, cobalt, and chlorine.
Add some comfrey leaves to heat up your compost pile and make it composting faster.
Seedlings need bright light––preferably light from an overhead source––to grow healthy and strong. If your seed trays are kept by a bright window, turn the trays every day to avoid the uneven growth. Light stressed seedlings become spindly and weak and are more prone to diseases. Provide additional lighting with fluorescent tubes kept not more than ½ ft away from the seedlings.
Never use bark nuggets for mulch as they make your plants nitrogen deficient.
Used hops are great for mulching.
Whatever watering method you adopt, deep watering is what gives best results. Water should be provided to the root zone, not to the aerial parts of the plants. This causes the roots to grow deep and become well equipped to access water reservoirs and soil nutrients in the deeper layers of soil.
Peppergrass, penny grass, and ironweed indicate that your soil is alkaline. Meanwhile plantain, crabgrass, dock, and dandelions indicate that your soil is acidic.
Herbicides are quite unnecessary if you plant your beds close enough and cover the remaining area with thick mulch. Smother the weeds with black plastic or pour vinegar and salt mixture over them.
Now, you have several small secrets that you should try to apply. It can be secrets at first, yet it should develop into habits for you.