This month at AussieGreenThumb.com is ‘So You Want A Better Garden’ Month, which aims to teach you how to garden. As part of that I am running a 30 day challenge. The challenge consists of daily tasks of about 10 minutes each. I guarantee that if you complete each days task, by the end of September you will be well on your way towards reaching your gardening goals and growing better gardens. Will you accept the challenge?
Day 22 Challenge Recap – Apply some slow release fertiliser to any garden bed you have not gotten to yet. Adding slow release fertiliser is the most time effective method because it will continue to fertilise your garden beds over a period of time. Check the back of the package of fertiliser you get for how often you need to re-apply but you can often get away with applying it once every season.
Today I added some fertiliser to each of my vegetable gardens. I didn’t add too much because I already add water soluble fertiliser every fortnight during growth, just added a small amount of slow release fertiliser to the mix. I just used a general purpose fertiliser because I had that on hand. There are specific vegetable garden slow release fertilisers available but if you have some general purpose fertiliser lying around that will do just fine.
The reason I set this challenge
Some people actually suggest fertilising our gardens is silly because ‘plants don’t get fed fertiliser in the wild’. Though this is true, in the wild not every plant survives and also, a lot of the plants we grow in our gardens now have been changed to such an extent they wouldn’t survive in the wild. Giving plants a helping hand is important.
I like to use slow release fertilisers because it makes the job of fertilising easier. You simply take the fertiliser and gently spread it over your garden. No need to bury them, no need to water in. Over the next few weeks it will slowly dissolve, adding important nutrients to your soil slowly for maximum benefit.
Learn more about common gardening tasks
This challenge fits into the category of common gardening tasks. Intrigued to know more about how getting into a rhythm with common gardening tasks will improve your garden? I recently released an ebook called So You Want A Better Garden. Chapter 5 in my ebook delves into the topic of common garden tasks in a way specifically designed to help beginner and intermediate gardeners learn the natural rhythm of gardening.
You will discover;
1. What the most common tasks you will do in the garden are;
2. How to go about doing tasks such as weeding, pruning, mulching etc;
3. Tips on waterwise gardening.
And much, much more!
It’s not too late to join the challenge! You can grow a better garden. Start today! The great thing about this challenge is it can run over any 30 day period. Just check out days 1-5 and start from today.