8 mistakes we unknowingly commit in our balcony gardens
Gardening is rejuvenating and works as stress-buster! Tempted by this oft repeated sentence from your friends or colleagues, if you have decided to create your own urban garden in the balcony, then this article is just for you. We agree that gardening is a good hobby and great for environment. Garden small or big is stress-buster. But we also know that gardening isn’t just all about buying a few plants and planters and bringing it home. Before you pick up a new hobby of gardening and create your garden in container, just learn about 8 mistakes we commonly tend commit in balcony garden. Let’s dive in, learn from the mistakes so that you can avoid it in the garden of our dreams.
1. Selecting the wrong pot
There are many simple and fancy available in market. However, the best pots are the one made of natural material that breathes. Clay is best when it comes to pot. The porous clay allows air to pass through it and also dry out faster. Ceramic and plastic pots look good and are durable, but then their material doesn’t allow it to breathe. Select the pots with hole in the bottom so that excess water can drain out easily. Along with the material, it is also equally important to select the pots of right size depending on the size and growth of the plants growing in that pot. Avoid too many small pots as it will clutter your balcony.
2. Overcrowding the plants
Right amount of space between the plants in the planters decide the health of the plants and success of your gardening. Too much of plants within a limited space will lead to competition among plants for nutrition and survival. Only the fittest will survive in the competition leaving you perplexed what’s wrong with your garden and gardening skills. Decide the distance between the plants and keep sufficient space between them considering the size and shape it will take when fully grown up and not from the size of the baby plants.
3. Too much or too little of water
This is the mistake we usually do due to the ignorance or busy life schedule. Each plant has its own water requirement. Understand it before you buy the plant. The nursery people can guide you in it. Don’t overwater the plants. It will destroy the plant. Also don’t forget to water the plant. Without water or less water plants will dry out. If due to your busy schedule, you tend to forget watering the plants then choose the ones that requires less water and grow even in dry condition.
4. Lack of nutrition in the soil
Plants growing in the planters have limited soil to get their nutrition from it. So it is important to get it filled with good quality nutritious soil from which the plant can extract its nutrition. Also remember to fertilize and replenish the soil regularly.
5. Mixing sunny and shady plants
Some plants need plenty of sunlight to grow well while there are some plants that love to grow in shades. Mixing the plants will create confusion and then probability is there the wrong plant will receive either too much or too less of sunlight thus making it weak. Divide the plants according to amount of sunlight it requires and then place it accordingly.
6. Allowing the weeds to grow
Weeds are the unwanted plants that grow in the soil taking up the nutrient of the plants you have planted. Check the weeds and remove them immediately. Also make it a habit to mulch the soil regularly. It will clear the weeds and also aerate the soil.
7. Letting the pests to feed on the plants
Pests are every gardener worst nightmare and great enemy of plants. Even the healthy plants won’t be able to protect themselves from pests without your assistance. Make it a habit to check you precious plants on daily basis and if any pest found take proper action to terminate it. Any delay will cause great damage not only that particular plant but to the entire garden.
8. Improper drainage
If there are plants you have to water it. The drainage of the pot should be done well so that water doesn’t get accumulated in it. Water should permeate the entire soil and then excess should just drain out from the drain hole. If you have vertical garden in the balcony, then treat the wall so that water doesn’t seep into it and damage the wall of your home.
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