Being green fingered is just as much about forming good habits as it is about skills and talent. If you have set up your garden beds correctly, planted the right vegetable in the beds that best suit their growing environment you are halfway to success.
Turning the soil and making sure it is the right consistency is also something that you can be taught and carry out effectively with the right support. However, if you are not lucky enough to have a sprinkler system, remembering to water your vegetable garden can be hard. Busy lifestyles aren’t always conducive for prosperous garden beds and vegetable production. If you are struggling with a wilting garden, don’t be down on yourself and there are some simple ways to resolve this problem. We’ve pulled together some helpful tips below assist you in reviving your wilting garden.
- Climate control
In Australia especially, we will see a great deal of wilting plants due to the extreme heat and droughts that as a country we experience. Therefore, if your garden is struggling from experience these kinds of conditions don’t fret as there are a few things that you can do to turn it around. Firstly you should try to consider why your plants are wilting. Is it due to too much sun? Or too little water?
- Set up shade
Depending on your garden set up there are a few options. For instance, if it’s possible, you should try to move your wilting plants out of the direct sun. This is possible if they are in individual pots and containers, but may not be possible if they are all planted in a static garden bed.
We suggest moving them to a cooler shader spot to see if that makes a difference to their condition. It may be that they grow best without full sun, and need a mix of both sun and shade. If you can’t move your garden bed another suggestion would be to add some shade cloth to help reduce the amount of direct light your plants are receiving. Depending on how you set up the shade cloth, it can also be a good deterrent for certain pests, like moths and butterflies, which tend to land on your plants and lay eggs; resulting in caterpillars hatching and eating your wonderful crops.
- Soil Ph
If you think the wilting is due to lack of water or nutrients it is a good option to test your soil at this point. A ph meter is a easy way to check the ph of your soil and give you some insights into your garden. If the ph of your soil exceeds 7.0 it means that your soil is alkaline, if it is under 7.0 it means that it is acidic.
Which ph level you have will tell you what you need to do. Alkaline, for instance, means that your soil is lacking in nutrients, usually metals. To overcome this issue you will need to add compost and manure into your soil as these have the essential metals your soil needs.
Acidic soils need specialised fertilisers, which are high in citrus to counteract the high acidity. These can be added and turned into the soil to help neutralise the ph. It is important when looking at your soil to also consider the plants you have in each garden bed and the type of soil that prefer. It could be the case that the plants in one garden bed need very different soils, therefore it may require you to move some of the plants and group them based on their preferred soil ph.
- Water revives
The first step people usually take is to water wilting plants. However, it is important to check the soil to see if the plant has enough water. If the soil is dry then the plant is dehydrated and needs more, however if the soil is moist the wilting isn’t due to lack of water but probably most likely due to over watering. Watering habits will need to be adapted to suit.