The weather, depending on how windy, rainy, humid or muggy it gets, will be impacting your garden in unique ways. However, if you are proactive and take the right steps, then your garden could benefit from the rainfall. And more importantly, avoid all the negative impacts of this period.
Below ways will help you maintain your garden in monsoon:
1. Keep an eye on the garden weeds:
Monsoon is the time for plant growth, and that refers to all kinds of plants. Weeds are usually on the rise at this time, and so, they will need to be pulled out constantly.
Keep a check on unnecessary plant growth, or they will end up taking the nutrients meant for your plants. This is especially the danger with vegetable gardens because of the kind of soil bed they have. Learn about easy ways to control weeds.
2. Cover up your plants for extra protection:
If the forecast says that you’ll be receiving a heavy rainfall, then it’s time to invest in some tarp or plastic coverings that can protect your plants. This will ensure that your plants aren’t inundated with water which could block the surface pores of the leaves.
If you have small or delicate plants, then it would be a good idea to cover them with cages. These can protect your plants, while still giving them enough room to develop and fully benefit from the rainfall. Read about protecting plants from heavy rain.
3. Think about the garden borders:
Have you always wanted to construct borders in your garden but never had the time or the motivation? Well, this is the perfect moment because it will end up benefitting your entire garden.
Firstly, borders will make sure that excess water does not get into the main area in your garden. Secondly, they will add a beautiful visual element to your garden that you can be proud of. A border can be your big pre-monsoon project.
4. Stay away from the wet soil:
During monsoons, the soil is understandably more soaked than normal and thus can be easily damaged. After a night-long rainfall, be very careful as you step into your garden, especially around the areas where the roots are.
Heavy footfalls could cause soil compression which is what basically pushes out all necessary oxygen from the soil.
5. Welcome the earthworm:
Remember, the monsoons are a perfect time for your plants to grow if they receive the right nutrients and minerals. So, if you spot any earthworms around your gardens, then just let them do their thing. Why? Because they increase the fertility of the soil!
Earthworms add nitrate to the soil to fertilize it and even aerate it by moving about under the surface. So, let these friends of the soil lend you a helping hand! Read about vermicomposting process & its advantages.
As a bonus tip, remember that this is the time to use your natural fertilizer! It will be the most beneficial to your plants.
Good luck and stay dry!