Having plants in your home not only brings life to a room but they also have incredible health benefits. They can make you feel less tired, decrease your chances of catching a cold and purify the air. It is recommended to have one potted plant per 100 square feet to feel the benefits. Whether you live in the country with acres of land or in a condo downtown Toronto, you can enjoy the pure and simple joy of gardening. Here’s how to create a plant oasis, regardless of how much space you have.
Tips for backyard gardens:
Prep the beds: Before you plant, loosen the soil and remove rocks so the space is ready for plants.
Channel your inner landscape architect: Think about what you want to grow and then decide where to plant based on sunlight and shade.
Learn their names: It can be hard once you plant everything to keep track of all your new plant babies. To help you remember, put the tags alongside each plant until you can distinguish the plants and know their names.
Discover the secret of perennials: Save yourself some work next year by planting perennial plants; these are plants that will come up year after year. Some beautiful perennials to try are peonies, lavender and black-eyed susans.
Maintenance: It is important to stay on top of watering, weeding and adding organic matter to keep your soil nourished.
Tips for Condo/ Apartment Balcony Gardens:
If you don’t have a backyard an herb pallet garden is ideal for a condo. Wood pallets are the perfect size to home most household herbs such as basil, mint and chives.
Vines and fast-growing climbers are good for a small space because they lend vertical visual interest quickly.
Layer plants that bloom at different times on top of one another in containers–and fertilize once a month. This will allow each plant to get the adequate amount of sunlight they require.
Plants need different nutrients when they are grown in containers rather than in the ground. Use synthetic soils such as wood chips, peat moss and sawdust when you are planting in containers on your balcony gardens.
Hanging flower baskets are a great alternative and take up very little room. Try to keep with the same colour scheme as you don’t want it to look chaotic and busy in a small space.
Solutions to gardening problems:
Now that you know the basics of gardening there are some common problems you will come across. Fortunately, they have easy solutions.
Weeds: Weeds are the bane of any gardener’s existence. But they can be easily combated with the right tools! There is no need for harsh chemicals when fighting weeds. You can make your own natural pesticide by combining 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1 cup rock salt, 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
Pests: Unwanted garden guests like slugs or birds can ruin all the fruits (and veggies of your labor) if you don’t protect your garden. Scatter egg shells and used coffee grounds to prevent creepy crawlies from attacking your plants.
Watering: For a first-time plant mum/ dad it can be hard to take care of new plant babies. Create a watering schedule for your plants so you can keep track of when your plants have been watered. When you go on vacation, a C21 hack for keeping your plants well hydrated is to fill a jar full of water and put a string from the jar to the plant. This will act as a straw so your plants can keep hydrated while you are away.