I wish gardening was easy. I wish that I could just throw some seeds in the ground and then BAM more beans than I know what to do with. But ofcourse it isn't like that. Of the 30 hopeful seedlings I started with I ended up with 9 viable seedlings that could be planted in the garden. To keep those 9 seedling and all the seeds I planted directly in the garden alive it is going to take some work. The biggest obstacle that I have faced is animals...in particular bunnies. I am pretty sure that all of my carrot seeds are gone or at least moved within the garden.
I asked on Twitter how I could keep animals away from our garden and got lots of responses. Natalie suggested using chicken wire to lay over the gardens..almost like a blanket...to prevent animals from digging up seeds. I asked about putting plastic bottled over the seeds and seedlings to protect them and act like little mini green houses. Beth recommended against this as the plastic can leach into the soil and into your seedlings. Instead she recommended putting toilet paper rolls over top of your seeds and seedlings to protect them. Nancy suggested using glass chandelier covers that you can get at a thrift store or at garage sales.
I think another common problem people have with maintaining their garden is water...as in using too much of it. Read the directions on your seed packets to figure out how often you need to water and adjust as necessary based on the weather. It has been ridiculously hot here lately so I would have been watering a bit more often than normally but it has been raining so I have only needed to water once.
I have noticed a few blades of grass peaking up in our garden, most likely blowing over from our neighbour when he mows his lawn. It is important that you maintain a weed free garden to give your seedlings the best chance at growth. Just be careful that what you are fulling up is actually a weed and not a plant that an animal moved around on you!
How do you maintain your garden?
Seriously...our yard grows weeds like a boss but grass....nope it won't do that
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