Listen up, home gardeners! We’ve got end of summer tips for you

Summer can be brutal on your garden, so we’ve got tips to keep yours fresh and healthy.


Summer can be brutal on your garden, so it makes sense to be prepared when you grow veggies and herbs at home. We spoke to some of the organic gardeners in Bangalore on how to keep your soil and plants nutrient-rich and green at all times.

Summer

Keep your potted pots plated

The summer months in Bangalore tend to be especially dry during mid-day that may end up in you watering plants 2 or 3 times in the day. Hariram from OTG Bangalore suggested, “A smart way of minimising watering requirements is to keep gardening plates under your potted plants. The extra water that spills gets re-absorbed in the afternoon when temperatures increase.” Using panchagavya once a week also helps as nutrients are replenished regularly. Here is a video on how to prepare panchagavya.


Video credits: India Water Portal

It’s all shells and peat!

Coconut is used in many forms and super useful in gardening. “For plants in grow bags and pots, collect coconut shells, especially the husk and immerse it in water for about a day. Then, cut it into small pieces and cover the soil. It helps in retaining moisture for longer” advises Indira Ashok. “You can also mix more coco peat into your soil which holds water for longer periods. Another option is dry leaves mulching on top as leaving your soil less exposed to harsh rays of the sun.”

Compost away

Composting in the summer is especially important for your plants to get their nutrients that run dry in the summer heat. ‘One month prior in the summer prepare your soil using 3/4th cocopeat, 1 part sand and a lot more compost than usual, this holds water for longer periods” advises Padma Kesari.

High temperatures deter pests and do not panic if there is a sudden rain, your plants will welcome the sudden drop in heat. As temperatures are high, the tropical weather leads to an enhanced growth for your plants. Your beans and tomatoes will grow faster than usual!

Monsoon

Tips for keeping pesky pests at bay

There is never a complete solution for keeping pests away in an organic garden. Most pests can be controlled with other creatures present like lizards, spiders, ladybugs, birds, frogs which keep the natural balance in a green space. Using organic solution is always advised as chemicals kill even the useful organisms in your backyard besides being detrimental to your health.

1. Mix 10 ml of neem oil and liquid soap in 1 litre water and spray on all your leaves. Depending on how bad your leaves are you can do this everyday or once in two 2-3 days. You can make a slightly stronger solution if the attack is severe. This is effective for aphids and apex bugs on plants which feed on the sap of the plants.

2. Soak 25 gm of garlic, ginger and chilli (each) overnight. Grind to a paste the next day, strain the liquid and add to 3 litres of water. You can spray this on your plants. Effective for fruit and shoot borers, caterpillars, leaf miners, army worm and aphids. The fermented solution is extremely good for keeping away unwanted pests.

3. The holy cow solution – Dilute 50 ml of cows urine with 500 ml of water, spray this on your plants in the morning. Cow dung extract – Mix 1 kg of cow dung with 10 litres of water, filter and extract the strained solution. This can be directly sprayed on plants.

Both methods prevent bacterial diseases of your plants.

More info here:

Hariram Sreenath – ‘Experimenting is the best way to learn about gardening’

Indira Ashok on growing food while saving every drop

Padma Kesari’s second innings at growing food in the backyard

orgvegPest tips – Book on Organic Vegetable Gardening Subhashinni Sridhar, S Arumugasamy, H. Sarasswathy & K Vijayalakshmi from Centre of Indian Knowledge systems, Chennai

 

 


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