Gardening on rainy days is fun and relaxing but also challenging. Here are some tips to ensure your garden stays beautiful and productive during wet weather.
1. Clean the drainage holes in pots
During rainy days, plants kept outdoors in pots or in will receive plenty of water. The plant could die if you don’t drain the excess water out of the pot. To prevent this, check the drainage holes and ensure there are no clogs. You can use a small stick to poke into each hole and see whether anything is blocking it. If you find something, clean it off immediately. In addition, make sure the pots aren’t sitting directly on the ground. It prevents excess water from draining away.
2. Prevent water clogging
Fill your pots with two parts of soil and one part of cow dung or mulch. It will prevent water from clogging the top.
3. Prevent Fungus
Monsoon brings fungus. Buttermilk works well against fungal attacks. Spray it over your plant once in 10-15 days. Apply it over the leaves. Do not spray over the entire plant.
4. Prune and Trim
The rainy season is the best time to prune your plants. Cut back any dead branches that may be hanging over the pot. Also, cut down any weak or damaged stems. Trimming helps to keep the plant healthy and strong. Enjoy the new leaves in a week to 10 days.
5. Avoid overwatering
Overwatering leads to root rot. So, avoid watering your plants more than necessary. Water only when the soil feels dry to touch.
6. Shift the pots regularly
If you have planted several pots together, move them around, so they get enough sunlight. It also helps to avoid water collection under the pot.
7. Loosen the soil
During rains, the soil gets compacted. So, loosen up the dirt by digging it up and adding compost. It will help to retain moisture.
8. Keep the weeds at bay
Weeds compete for nutrients and space. They increase and take over the soil. Weed control is essential during monsoons. Use a hand hoe to remove weeds.
9. Ensure adequate sunlight
Rainy clouds block out sunlight. Some plants, especially vegetables, need 4-6 hours of direct or partial sunlight. Make sure you provide sufficient light.
10. Safeguard plants from direct rainfall
Direct rain causes damage to many plants. Cover your plants with plastic sheets or umbrellas to protect them from rain.
The rainy season is a good time for repotting. It ensures better growth and health for the plants. It also makes your plants look good.
12. Protect the roots
When rain falls, it collects near the surface of the soil. Roots grow deep into the ground. When the soil becomes saturated, the roots cannot absorb oxygen. It causes the roots to die. To protect the roots, cover them with an upturned plastic container.
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Dr. Vandana K, Co-Founder, UrbanMali.com