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Gardening in Any Weather: Notes on Important Factors

The availability of soil for farming and gardening is not a problem in Australia. Farmers own hectares of land to plough and sow. The problem gardeners face, however, is the season and how drastic it can be.

When one’s family relies on their harvest to afford to plant for the next season, it’s imperative that they can control the growth of their crop. Even home gardeners do not want their effort to go to waste. Take these factors into consideration when planting:

Sunlight

An ordinary man would understand that a potted plant should be placed near a window to give it access to sunlight for an important process called photosynthesis. If a plant is not getting enough sun, the leaves will look yellow. Eventually, it will wilt away because it is not able to process its food effectively. An at-home gardener would know that not all plants need abundant sunlight, so there’s a matter of placing those that need more sun to the areas that get the best exposure. They also know which plants can thrive better indoors.

A horticulturist, on the other hand, understands that aside from sunlight, plants need a controlled environment to yield consistent results. This means that horticulturists look for glasshouses to buy. These are where they can situate in their plot of land to allow plants access to sunlight without subjecting them to other harsh conditions outdoors. This controlled environment allows them to plant a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowering plants, no matter the season.

Water

Flowing fresh waterIrrigation is important when growing plants, especially for a farmer supplying restaurants. Their clients will want only high-quality produce, which means that plants drowned in water or not given enough water are out of the question. There is a clear difference between the quality, and people who deal with the preparation and taste of food know the difference. It’s easy enough to set up an irrigation system to water the growing plants at the right time of the day; what farmers need to pay attention to are drought alert and heavy rainfall. These can prove detrimental to the entire harvest and may lead to a bad yield if farmers do not plant or harvest in time.

Fertiliser

Whilst organisations debate on the use of chemical fertilisers, especially with an increasingly more health conscious population, there is no question that if one chooses to fertilise, they should do so moderately. Overfertilising affects the quality of produce, and it may be harmful to the body as well. Many opt out of using fertilisers altogether, which give fruits a better taste but also subject plants to insects. Then again, if the plants are already inside a glasshouse, there is less exposure to insects, unlike plants in an open garden, where they are literally exposed to anything and everything under the sun.

Given the abovementioned factors, it seems that a combination of controlled temperature, sunlight, and water exposure lead to a more successful gardening experience. You’ll figure everything else about plant growth as you take note of their progress and how they are doing compared to what you expect.

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