A Beginner's Guide to Gardening
Topic #4: How to Maintain Your Garden
How to Maintain your Garden is the final installment of Homestead Gardens’ Beginner’s Guide to Gardening. In this installment we will provide you with a few pointers on how to take care of your garden during the season for a successful and healthy harvest. It’s important to follow instructions on your seed packets for proper watering intervals and sun dependence, but performing other maintenance tasks will help produce optimal results. The experienced gardening staff from Homestead Gardens has created a list of the most important maintenance tasks you should perform throughout the summer and into the fall season.
Feed the Soil:
Use compost or fertilizer to feed your soil and deter insects and diseases. Fertilizer is best used on root plants and greens.
Pick the Weeds:
Weeds attract the insects and disease that can kill a garden, especially at the beginning of the growing season. Use your trowel and other garden tools for easy weed removal. You should also remove dead plants during the weeding process.
Clean Your Tools:
After removing dead or diseased plants and weeds it’s important you wash your tools with soap and water to reduce the likelihood of transferring the diseased material back to your garden.
Thin Your Root Crops:
Three to four weeks after root crops like carrots, beets and radishes have breached the soil, you should thin them to three to four inches apart. Do this by fully removing crops to make a noticeable separation – this gives them the space they need for ideal, healthy growth.
Mulch in the Spring and Fall:
Hay mulch, straw, pine straw or bark mulch are all great ways to prevent weeds from growing and help the soil retain moisture.
If you have any specific questions about how to maintain your garden, stop by one of our two Homestead Gardens locations in Davidsonville or Severna Park, Maryland, and speak with our experienced garden staff. They’re happy to share their passion for gardening to help yours grow.