Some of you may be thinking that I have a green thumb but quite the contrary. The plants that I manage to keep alive, my cats eat or my Spare Change mutilates. It is truly sad. Why can’t I keep a plant alive? I think it has to do with watering them. I either water too much or not enough. So, my garden makes me nervous.
According to About.com, “Pots and containers always require more frequent watering than plants in the ground. As the season progresses and your plants mature, their root system will expand and require even more water. Don’t wait until you see the plants wilting. Check your containers daily to judge the need for water.”
From what I understand, the warmer the weather, the more watering will be necessary and because the water pushes the nutrients from the soil and out of the pot, frequent fertilization with a diluted liquid fertilizer is required to maintain plant health.
So, here is what I plan to do:
- Check plants every other day while the weather is still cool. (Push my finger one inch into the soil to check for moisture.
- Cover the soil around seedlings with mulch to avoid evaporation as the temperature rises.
- Fertilize with a diluted solution each time I water. Once per week, water without fertilizer to allow unused fertilizer to release from the soil.
- Use a watering can to apply the water directly to the soil and avoid wetting the leaves which can cause disease.
- Water daily when the weather heats up.
Can you tell I have been researching like crazy? Wish me luck!
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