IntroductionMonsoon is in full swing in India and people might be enjoying monsoon in their own way. At the same time, people across the country might be following various preventive measures to protect themselves and their family members from various monsoon-related diseases like dengue fever which is caused and spread by the mosquitoes. In particular people take extra care to protect themselves from the commonly caused cold during rainy season and follow several home remedies to get rid of common cold. However, as the moisture content in the atmosphere would be higher in this season, people several tips to store food grains during the season.
Best tips for monsoon gardeningIf you are a garden lover you can turn your green thumbs up for enjoying gardening in the monsoon. The reason, seeds grow fast into seedling in the rainy season and even the vegetative parts that are sown grow fast into new plants. In addition, all the plants give a clean, fresh and healthy look which is the most enjoyable thing for the garden lovers.
However each season of the year has its own unfavorable situations and hence proper care of the green plants by following certain useful tips is essential. Besides following the general gardening tips, it is essential to follow the best tips during monsoon for an effective gardening. Following are the easy tips for monsoon gardening that might be helpful to you at the time of need:
Remove the weedsPlants grow at a faster pace in the rainy season, so also the unwanted plants or weeds show their healthy presence. These weeds should be removed from time to time in order to enable your garden plants to get the required nutrients from the soil. In case the unwanted plants are not removed, these plants take away the nutrients from the soil and grow healthy thus tampering the nourishment of your garden plants. Hence timely removal of weeds is necessary during monsoon for a fresh gardening.
Remove the algaeAlgae are commonly found as green slimy patches on the damp ground during the rainy season. If these are not removed in time, these might result in the rotting or decomposing of the garden plants. So to avoid the rotting of plants, it is essential to remove the green patches on the ground from time to time to ensure a clean surrounding for the plants and a healthy growth of the plants.
Pruning / trimmingAs monsoon is accompanied with stronger winds, these might cause damage to the plants which bend and for some plants, the branches get damaged. Besides the damage caused to the plants, there would be a wild growth of the plants during monsoon and this will give a wild look to the plants. So to get rid of the damaged parts or branches if any and also to get rid of the excessive growth of the parts of the plants, pruning or trimming is very essential to give the plants a clean look.
Provide the plants with additional enrichmentThe soil in which the plants are grown should be enriched with nutrients as the leaching in monsoon season tends to decrease the nutrients in the soil. So you can enrich the soil with organic manure or even organic wastes will serve the purpose for a healthy and rich growth of the plants.
Expose the plants to enough sunlightDuring monsoon sometimes the day remains cloudy and the plants do not receive enough of sunlight. As much as possible keep the plants exposed to sufficient sunlight so that the plants can use the solar energy in converting into chemical energy through a process called photosynthesis and thus prepare their food. So keeping the plants exposed to sunlight during the monsoon is essential for the healthy growth of plants.
Drain off the excess waterDuring monsoon, much of watering the plants is not required as the plants get sufficient water from the rains. However, in case you happen to see excess water in the potted plants, drain it off to save the plant from rotting. And then expose it to sunlight to enhance the process of transpiration.
ConclusionThese simple and easy tips of monsoon gardening would be effective in growing healthy plants during the rainy season. And such healthy and green plants enhance the beauty of the surroundings.
Rains are not pains
But are the life-givers
For the green plants
Which make the environs
Fresh and lush green
Plants are our best friends
They give us all that we want
For a happy and enjoyable life
Look after these best friends
By the best growing tips.
Understand the importance of plants in our life and thereby try to develop the habit of gardening. Enjoy gardening and maintain the greenery which makes the surroundings lovely and healthy as well.
Kalyani is basically an educationist and presently a home-maker who is fruitfully utilizing her free time in freelancing, online content writing and above all blogging. She is an active lead editor at IndiaStudyChannel.com for over 2 years. She is an environmentalist who strives to protect the environment through the revival of age-old eco-friendly practices. She also strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India.
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I have learned that plants should be pruned between February and early April. The temperatures are still pleasant and plants do not go into shock. This also allows new shoots to sprout. By the time the rains arrive, the plant has an even foliage that allows it to withstand the strong winds.
Feeding the plants before the monsoon is not advisable, as the chances of leaching of nutrients are high. Rainwater itself has magical properties and plants can survive on it alone. Fertilisers should be applied a month after the rains have subsided.
Also, potted plants should not be allowed to stay in the rain for long. The sudden excessively wet soil can damage the plants. Root rot happens very fast, and it is almost impossible to save a plant that has been affected.
A good way to help the pots drain water is to fill the bottom of the pot with gravel, charcoal or pebbles. Also, the soil used should not be clayey, as it will retain water.