The new year is here and if you are someone who loves growing plants, then here are some important Gardening Resolutions for 2022 that you must follow!
As an Indian gardener, you must have a plan at the start of the year. To help you out, here are some essential Gardening Resolutions for 2022 that will surely make you a better plant enthusiast!
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Gardening Resolutions for 2022
1. Go for Organic Gardening
Most gardeners use chemical fertilizers, which is not good for the produce and environment. This year, swear to go completely organic!
- You can fix a metal gauze over fruits or vegetable plants to deter birds, caterpillars, and flies instead of using pesticides.
- Use organic neem oil solution over chemical pesticides to repel pests.
- Also, go for organic feed like compost, aged cow dung manure, or liquid seaweed feed over chemical fertilizers.
2. Promise to Save Water
‘Jal hi Jeewan hain.’ Start saving water by using rainwater to irrigate garden plants. The pH of rainwater is considered optimum for the plants, as compared to tap water.
- Save water by collecting rainwater in a bucket.
- You can also collect rainwater at your terrace and direct it into a container.
- Avoid wasting water.
3. Reduce or Reuse Plastic
Plastic is one of the most non-biodegradable materials on the earth that may take up to 400 years to decompose. Hence, it’s better to minimize the use of plastic or to reuse them in garden work.
- Turn an old plastic box or bottles into a container or hanging pots.
- DIY the unused plastic bottle into making a bird feeder.
- Use terracotta pots instead of plastic ones.
4. Work from Garden
Thanks to the covid period, most people are working from home. If you are a nature lover, set up your office in the garden area. Working in the vicinity of plants also enhances productivity and keeps the mind calm. A study by the University of Technology, Netherland, also proves this!
5. Grow More Food
The lockdown period taught a lot of people to grow their own food at home. So, take a vow to cultivate maximum vegetables this year in an organic way. Learning to grow different veggies is a fun activity, too!
You don’t need a big garden to grow vegetables. You can grow them in pots on your balcony or room that gets good sunlight exposure.
6. Regular Weeding
Weeds are unwanted plants that grow and compete with other plants for nutrients and water. Regular weeding will ensure the plants in your garden stay healthy and it will also make your yard look clean.
7. Attract Wildlife in the Garden
Invite birds by making birdbaths or bird feeders. You can welcome butterflies, and bees by growing colorful, and fragrant flowers in the hedges. Go for nectar and pollen-rich flowering shrubs like honeysuckle, bee balm, and sunflower.
Put some earthworms into your garden soil as they also make the soil more aerated, porous, and fertile.
8. Make Organic Compost
Trash your kitchen scraps into a compost pile to enrich the soil quality of garden soil. It serves as one of the most economical, organic, and handy fertilizers for garden plants.
- Take a large-sized plastic or metal bin.
- Drill some holes on the lid for ventilation.
- Place a paper towel at the bottom and add vegetable scraps, eggshells, fruit peels, dried leaves, and grass clippings.
- Keep adding scrapes whatever you get from your household, except for glass or plastic matter.
- Compost will be ready in 6-8 weeks. You can then add it to garden soil or pots.