Taking care of your plants

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“A garden requires patient labour and attention. Plants do not grow to satisfy ambitions or fulfil good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort in them.”

– Liberty Hyde Baily

Plants, whether in the garden or indoors, improve the quality of your life. They increase oxygen levels and help you breath better. They increase humidity in the air by releasing moisture vapour and keep the surrounding cool. They remove toxins from the air and purify it. Studies also show that indoor plants lead to better health and prevent illness.

Plants do all of this and the only thing you have to do is take proper care of them. Like Baily said, a garden needs patient labour and attention.

Following are some tips on how to take care of your plants.

1. Keep them in a place where they get plenty of sunlight. Sunlight keep plants healthy. They need it to prepare food. If a plant is not getting adequate sunlight, relocate it to some place where it will.

2. Regularly water your plants. Like sunlight, water is too needed for the plants to prepare their food. While outdoor plants need to be watered less frequently, indoor plants must be watered regularly. It’s also important to give right amount of water. Both too much water and too less can kill them. If the water is too less, the soil starts to crack, if it’s too much then the soil gets too moist.

3. If you are planning to leave the house for a few days, request your neighbours to water the plants.

4. Use fertilizers. Plants too need nutrients. While outdoor plants get them from the soil in their natural habitat, you’ll need to feed you plants. Consult a professional on which fertilizers to use for your plants. You can also look up species on the internet. A proper description will help you find it.

5. For plants that are exposed to sunlight longer, use medium-weight soil. Light-weight soil becomes too dry when exposed to the sun. For plants that are kept in shade, use light-weight soil.

6. Don’t use the soil from your garden for potted plants. It may not have the necessary nutrients for potted plants and it may have unwanted bacteria, insects and bugs. Rather use compost based potting soil. To prepare it, mix equal parts of compost to sterilized soil.

7. Change the soil in potted plants every year. Summer is the best time to do it. Watering the plants the day before loosens the soil and makes it easier to change it.

8. To prevent cats and dogs from pissing or pooping in your garden, spray it with a repellent. Another way to do it is to spread stones dipped in VapoRub all over your garden, cats hate the smell. Vinegar may work too.

9. Remove weed growth. Weed growth can be harmful to plants. They steal nutrients from the soil. Remove the weeds and keep checking for new growth.

10. Kill insects and bugs. If you see insects living on your plants kill them with insecticides. Find organic insecticides and get rid of all the insects and bugs before they destroy your garden.

11. When planting seeds in your garden, make sure to leave enough room in between allowing them to have enough room to grow. Some plants take more space when they grow then others.

12. The best time to plant flowers is in the rainy season. Flowers don’t do well in too hot and too cold weather.

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