Going to my garden is something I look forward to every day. I like to go outside before my kids wake up, sometimes just as the sun is rising and complete all the chores I have to do. However, this doesn’t always happen. Most days I have about 5 minutes to get my garden chores done when my kids are distracted. So here are the 5 chores I always do every single day and the garden chores to add to your daily routine.
5 Garden Chores to Add to Your Daily Routine
- Water. This one may seem like one that you do not have to spell out, but watering does not mean just spraying some water on the garden. I like to check the soil conditions, see if any plants look dried out – or over watered, depending on recent rain. Different plants need different amounts of water. Skipping a day of watering, especially in a particularly hot season can be very detrimental to your garden. I have had very hot days here in NJ where I have gone out to my garden twice to water. Check your garden, learn what watering it needs and when.
- Pull Weeds. I have found if you do not pull 1 weed, it seems like the next day you will have 100 weeds to pull.
- Look at your plants. Really look at the plants. Look under the leaves, touch the leaves. By looking at the top and bottom of a leaf of a plant you may find that a bug has been eating or unfortunately you have some bug eggs on the leaf. A visual check may not reveal a dried out leaf like actually touching can. So go ahead, take a close look at your plants and touch them. Identifying a small problem in the garden before your entire garden is impacted will help the heath of your garden.
- Harvest. If your have a fruit or veggie that is ready to be harvested- well go ahead and harvest. Far too often I have left a fruit or veggie until the next day and come back to a rotted fruit/veggies or an animal go to it before me!
- Prune. Every plant will be different, so know your plant and how to prune it. But as a general rule, if a plant has yellow leaves, I go ahead and cut if off. I do not want a plant trying to expend energy to fix a dead leaf, so I would rather cut it off. I was afraid to prune leaves when I first started gardening out of a fear of hurting the plant- but I know better now that pruning helps the health and promotes growth of plants!
These chores are critical to the health of your plants and the growth of your garden. These chores do not take too long to do every day – but are absolutely critical to do every single day.
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