The monsoon clouds have started looming over
the sky and the scorching summer heat has slowly started subsiding. Yes the Rainy season
is on its way!. This is the best time for beautiful greenery in your garden, backyard,
balcony or even terrace garden. The plants are benefited not only by the rains but also
the fresh and cool breeze with healthy air circulation around your plants and also the
optimum humidity in the air which acts as a boon for our plants.
When it comes to Home gardening specially container gardening, We will quickly run through
top 10 tips to follow during monsoon and rains: 1. DOUBLE CHECK THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM OF YOUR
CONTAINERS: Apart from seeing the water flowing out of the drainage holes, make sure you insert
a sharp pointed tool like a screw driver into the drainage hole and make sure its open.
This is a very important care tip in rainy season because stagnant water can rot the
roots of the plant easily and this is the high time for fungus attacks. This also helps
in breeding of mosquitoes and diseases like dengue. Hence, rain water during the monsoon
should be drained out completely as much as possible. Its also better to avoid using trays
under your pots. 2. WATERING: Do not water the plants during
the monsoon season unless the soil has turned dry or the leaves have started wilting. Remember
this line �OVERWATERING IS THE MOST COMMON PLANT KILLER AND NOT UNDER WATERING�.
3. SOIL: A well draining soil is indispensable for your plants specially in rainy season.
This is the reason why we always recommend you to prepare a well draining soil for each
and every plant during repotting. You can check out my video on universal potting mix
formulae from a card linked at top right corner of this video, specially for beginners.
4. Earthworms: the gardeners best friends and I called them as Robots of Garden. This
is the time when they are found maximum and if you find them concentrated at one container,
you can pick them up and spread them around the garden to allow best fertilisation of
soil at multiple places. You can also watch my video on the benefits of Earthworms in
gardening. 5. Protect Young Plants that is Saplings and
seedlings from Rain. These plants which are too fragile should be sheltered adequately
to protect them from the rains. 6. This Point is interesting: Frogs and toads
should be allowed in the garden during the monsoon. These are insect eaters and help
the garden to be free from these insects � that�s one way of biological control.
7. Pruning and deadheading is important just before monsoon for most plants. This helps
the fresh shoots to grow and increase branching and growth. For beginners � checkout whats
deadheading from my Q & A video playlist. 8. Fertilizers: It is better to use natural
fertilisers than chemicals for plants during monsoon. Also the requirement increases not
only because of plant growth season but also due to rain, there is frequent wash out of
applied fertilizers. Slow release fertilizers like Cow dung manure has been proven to be
the best manure for plants. You can also use home compost or vermicompost. Some gardeners
also use foliar spray to feed plants. During the monsoon season, the pores in the plants
open up and spraying the fertiliser helps the plants to absorb them immediately.
9. For ground gardening, preparing raised beds is so beneficial, water will never stagnate.
For container gardening and ground gardening, make sure you do not have pits around your
plants and try to fill it with mulch or try to level it or make it slopy or flat. The
main idea is to prevent water stagnation. 10. PESTICIDES: Spraying pesticides should
be done during the monsoon immediately after fresh shoots start appearing after the pruning
process. Most pests and insects prefer to suck fresh leaves and external application
of fertiliser will help in controlling these pests. This is honeymoon period for many insects
like slugs and snails which can significantly damage your garden.
Best natural pesticide is neem oil. 5ml per liter of water plus 10 drops of liquid dish
wash soap � mix well and spray once every 15 days as a prophylactic.
These home gardening tips are very easy to follow but still many people due to hectic
work and lack of time, find it difficult to follow this simple schedule. Please give a
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