Gardeners can be a bit impatient when it comes to their plants. If you are a new gardener, you might easily experience frustration when you see that your plants are not thriving fast in your garden.
To make sure that their growth will not be hindered and they will grow fast, you should be mindful on the first few steps that you need to do when planting them on your garden. To make sure that you will do those steps correctly, follow the tips below.
Check the Soil
Dig three to four inch deep. Scoop a handful of soil and shape it into a ball. If it cracks or crumbles, it means that the soil is too dry and hard. That kind of soil condition is not good enough for your plants to thrive on.
In case that the soil does not crumble, drop it on the ground. If it does not shatter, it means that it is too wet — plants will not thrive on that condition, too. However, if the ball of soil breaks once it hits the ground, then your soil’s condition is just right for your plants.
Using a Starter
Before you transfer your plants to your garden, be sure to apply a soil starter or organic plant food. Follow the directions indicated on the product that you would use. Usually, two kilos of soil starter should be enough for a 30 square meter garden bed.
Place the Plants Correctly
When placing the plants to your garden bed, be sure to follow the spacing each of the plant needs. Of course, each type of plant requires different spacing. On the other hand, be mindful on how deep you will place the plant. Ideally, they should be planted as deep as they were when they were in your nursery, pots, or containers.
By the way, when transferring the plants, make sure that you loosen the roots for a bit. Also, do not apply too much pressure to the surrounding area of the plant after your fill them with soil.
Once the plants are already on the garden bed, be sure to layer the soil with mulch. Ideally, two to three inches of mulch should be enough to protect your plants from any weed growth.
Monitor Your Plants
In the first week, make sure to monitor the growth of your plant. Some plants can be sensitive, and might die if you made small mistakes during the transfer. On the other hand, watch out for pests that might appear. Your plants are still coping and adapting to the new environment they are in, and can become too defenseless against attacks from pests.