It is that time of the year when after a searing summer heat, the mercury has already come down and plans to dip even further in coming days as the monsoon clouds looming over our head. While rains evoke different moods for different people, it is also when it is raining that you get to tend to those beautiful plants in your garden, and watch plants grow faster and bloom in the glory of the rains.
Monsoons can be very tricky for Gardeners. With nature favoring the task, the plantation work turns easy. Introducing new plants into the garden, starting a new home garden, planning a terrace garden seems like the most obvious things to do. Crotons and flowering plants are the best to grow in monsoon and add a colorful tint to the lush green foliage.
Also, this is the time of the year when small errors in care or maintenance or neglect occur and many times it gets overlooked by the green components of the garden. Since saplings and plants have needed water provided by the rains, they do not cry out of thirst even if you forget to water them for a day or two.
But just like scarcity of water is a problem for plants, an excess of water can also be a big worry. In waterlogged conditions, the plants express this by wilting. Most of the plants hate water logging and they need good soil drainage to survive and prosper. Some plants do enjoy waterlogged conditions but their numbers are small. Due to excess water algae get collected on topsoil, and in absence of proper actions plants rot. Weeds, insects, Worms also flourish during this season. Stagnant water and worms can destroy the whole garden very quickly.
The following are some of the few points which we need to take into consideration for having an enjoyable gardening season in the monsoon:
- The first and foremost thing is that you have to make sure you have a proper drainage system. If water got stagnant it will make the plants rot.
- To prevent the risk of fertile topsoil erosion in the garden due to heavy rains use perforated sheets. It will allow the rainwater to reach the plant as a sprinkler. So the plants not get deprived of their natural nutrients available in the topsoil.
- In case of planting new saplings, plant only those plants that can adjust to the moisture of the monsoon season. The young plants in the garden and those plants which are too fragile should be sheltered adequately to protect them from the rains.
- Avoid chemical fertilizers as far as you can, instead try nature’s own compost. Earthworms are a gardener’s friend. They not only aerate the soil by tunneling down but also fertilize it.
- Avoid pesticides altogether. As it will get mixed and transferred with rain and will cause huge damage to the garden. Instead, try to use a biological controller such as Toads and Frogs. They are voracious insect eaters and can be a very good friend to the gardener.
- Mix a good proportion of soil and compost manure for new plants.
- It is the right time to try your hand at indoor gardening. Also bring those plants outside so they can get the feel of the moisture in the air.