Whether you grow vegetables in your backyard or an allotment, it is important that you know how to maintain it and keep up with the right tasks. Growing plants and vegetables is no small undertaking and you must understand what is involved. Without proper maintenance, your space will quickly become messy, unsustainable and impact the growth of your vegetables and plants. Maintaining your space will allow you to prevent any issues, and keep your work to a minimum. If you don’t, then you will find that you will have a lot of work to do, and probably clear everything out and start all over again, which can be stressful, time-consuming and even cost you money. To help you on your journey, here are some top tips for maintaining your yard or allotment.
Watering times and frequency
It isn’t enough to just water your plants when you have time. You will need to learn what your specific plants and vegetables need to thrive. A rule of thumb in the gardening world tends to be water to keep flowering and vegetable beds evenly moist. This might be just once or twice per week, depending on the season and the needs of the particular plants. It is a good idea, where possible, to water your plants and vegetables early in the morning, or in the evening. This will help minimise the water that evaporates from the sun during the day.
Care for your lawn
It isn’t just the plants and vegetables that you need to think about. You will need to consider the entire space, including the lawn, as well. You want to protect it from the sun, as the temperature can impact its growth. If it isn’t too hot, the sun will help it grow. If it gets too warm, the growth of your lawn can be stunted and should not be cut under 5 centimetres, so it can protect itself. This is where tools such as a brushcutter can be helpful.
Get rid of weeds
Weeds are not good when trying to grow plants and vegetables. Plants should be densely planted to help minimise the risk of weeds growing, as the lack of space will not give weeds the space they need to grow. You should keep an eye on your plants, vegetables and lawn regularly and get rid of weeds as soon as you see them. When you remove them, make sure you take them from the root, to minimise regrowth.
Make sure you keep your area clean and clear of debris and mess. Clean up after yourself when you have been planting or harvesting vegetables and keep your tools in a safe place, away from the plant beds. You should also avoid leaving mess, rubbish or any other unnecessary items in your yard, so it does not get in the way of the growth, or cause any contamination issues with the vegetables you want to consume.
Maintaining your garden or allotment is something you should prioritise. Follow these top tips to help you get started.