By Emma Brown
Creative Marketing at Bootstrap Compost, Inc.
With the weather heating up and your seedlings firmly planted in your garden beds, we’re ready to share some tips on how to keep your garden healthy. If you haven’t started growing yet, don’t worry, we’ve got your back with “7 Tips to Sprout your Garden“. We’ll continue to share more as the season continues, but for now, here are 8 tips to keep your garden happy and healthy.
1.) Don’t overcrowd your herbs: cilantro, chives, dill, and parsley each need 1 square foot between plants; basil, thyme, and tarragon each need 2 square feet; rosemary, sage, mint, and oregano each need 3-4 square feet.
2.) Fruits and veggies also need plenty of space, but you can save space by growing vertically, either on a wall or in a container.
3.) Young plants need a lot of attention! Water them frequently, and don’t forget to trim any dead or yellowing leaves.
4.) You don’t need chemical pesticides to ward off predators. You can steep onion, garlic, and hot pepper in hot water for several days to make a natural spray.
5.) Similarly, a solution of water and powdered kelp will keep Japanese beetles and aphids at bay.
6.) One last spray: a spoonful of canola oil + a few drops of soap in water will kill mites and aphids. But don’t use it in hot, sunny, weather, as the soap will cause leaves to burn.
7.) Not all bugs are foes: ladybugs will eat harmful insects. You can attract them by planting herbs like dill, fennel, and cilantro, or flowers like dandelions and geraniums.
8.) Got rabbits? Plant marigolds or garlic around your plants, and eliminate tall weeds and other hiding spots to keep the bunnies out.