Do you look around your garden and feel as though it’s draining your budget? It may be that you are just spending too much time out there and don’t feel as though you are making any progress. Either way, if you want to make a change then this is the guide for you.
Build Healthy Soil
One of the first things you need to do is make sure that your soil is as healthy as possible. Plants grown in healthy soil can retain water more and they are also way more productive. They need less care too, which will work in your favour overall. If you are gardening in a container then make sure that you start out with fresh potting soil. Potting soil often contains ingredients such as perlite. These are small white specs which help to regulate the moisture within the soil. You can mix the potting soil with organic compost if you want, or you can add various other products before you plant so you can boost the nutrient levels.
Choose the Right Plants
Choosing the right plants is so important. You have to know your climate and you also need to take note of the sun exposure. Choose plants that thrive in these conditions too. If you can do this then you will soon find that you have healthier fruit and vegetables.
Choose Plants that Grow Fast
If you have room on your windowsill for a few herbs or pots then why not take advantage of this? Choose highly productive herbs, such as lettuce, herbs, radishes or green beans. These are fast to grow and they don’t need a lot of space either. If you make the most out of the space you have around the home as well as your garden then this will help you out a lot.
Ditch your Lawn
If you want to maximise your garden space then ditch the lawn. Traditional turf is quite possibly the least productive planted area of a resident garden. It often requires a lot of work as well. If you do not need the lawn then why not replace it with plants that have the biggest benefits for native pollinators? Birds and other wildlife will come to your garden as a result and this can help your garden to look and feel better.
Turn your roof into a highly productive area for catching rainwater. All you have to do is put a barrel underneath the downspout. Water tanks are now more accessible than ever and when you do invest in one for your home, you will soon find that it costs less to water your plants and that you are able to keep everything healthy without constantly adding nutrients to the soil.
Another thing you can do is take cuttings or seeds from the plants you have now, so you can continue to grow them. When you do this, you will soon find that it is easier for you to plant them the following season, which will make your operation more efficient.
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