Garden issues will happen to anyone as they don’t discriminate. Even the most skilled gardener finds themselves frustrated at times and they yell at leaves or seeds that refuse to grow. When issues arise, stay calm! Think about the type of plant and the soil you are using. Check the plant out form leaves to stems, and get an idea of what the problem could be. Here are a few garden problems a lot of people struggle with and solutions to fix them.
Seeds Refusing to Sprout
Some people think that there is something wrong if seeds don’t sprout. It might be they just need a little extra time so don’t lose patience just yet. Make sure you are planting seeds in the right temperature and right weather conditions. Don’t be afraid to replant the seeds if you feel it’s necessary.
Make sure the soil isn’t too dry or too wet. Keep the area watered as instructed and if the soil is too wet you may find that the seeds have rotted and require being replanted.
Plants are Wilting and Dying
Make sure the soil is moist but not too wet. Dry soil could be the reason plants are dying. A great practice for those inside plants is to bottom water. Always remember to not overwater your seeds. They could develop Damping Off, which is a fungal disease. If this is the case, treat your soil with fungicide, and make sure you are using a sterile seed-starting mix.
Plants are Weak and Fragile Looking
If plants look weak and skinny, they might not be getting enough light. Always make sure you’re planting a garden where it’s going to get 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. Make sure they have enough room and aren’t crowded, and don’t let larger plants shade your smaller plants.
If you are using synthetic fertilizer, stop! Be sure you always use organic fertilizer to prevent your plants from looking weak and frail.
Fully Grown Plants Are Wilting
Again, it’s all about checking the soil. If the soil is too dry this can wreak havoc on your plants. Your garden could have been hit with a disease. Make sure the garden is clean and remove all weeds also. Other possible causes could be vascular wilt or root rot. These are both fungal diseases that could have hit your garden. Always make sure you are not overwatering your plants or allowing them to dry out too much.
Light Yellow or Green Leaves
If your plant’s leaves are these colors it may not be getting enough sunlight. Again, your plants need at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. They should not be crowded either and if larger plants are shading these plants, be sure to move them. Your plants could be turning these colors because of cold weather. If your plants are outside, consider covering them with floating row covers or hot caps to keep them protected.
Again, no gardener is going to have a perfect garden with no issues along the way. They happen to everyone at some point or another, but it’s important to nip these problems in the butt before they ruin your plants.