1Here are a number of things you should do or don’t do during these rainy months. They are all very doable.
DO – Do uproot the weeds in your garden while they are still small. That’s easier to do than pulling full-grown weeds.
2. DON’T – Don’t fertilize your plants with too much nitrogen (urea) so that they don’t become too succulent and attractive to insects.
3. DON’T – Don’t crowd your plants as they will become lanky and weak. Overcrowding also provides nesting place for insects.
4. DO – Do provide drainage for your plants as waterlogging will damage their roots.
5. DO – Use a growing medium that is rich in organic matter when planting ornamentals or vegetables in pots or containers. That will sustain good growth of whatever you grow.
6. DO – Grow your favorite vegetables in containers so you can have fresh harvest for your kitchen needs. Easy to grow are: camote for camote tops; pechay, mustard, green onion, ginger, alugbati, talinum, okra and many more.
7. DO – If you have a few bananas in your backyard and there is a typhoon coming, remove some of the leaves. Cut off half of each leaf so they will not topple down.
8. DON’T – Don’t fertilize your plants while in use indoor. After all, they can’t use the fertilizer since there is no sunlight to synthesize the plant food.
9. DO –If you grow vegetables in plots on the ground, use plastic mulch to cover the bed. That will prevent waterlogging during the rainy season. Mulch will help retain moisture in the soil during summer months. Also, mulch prevents the growth of weeds in the plot.
10. DO- Prune the old leaves of your plants. These are no longer functional in photosynthesis. Besides, old leaves can harbor fungi that can damage your plants.
11. DO – Look for ornamental plants that will stay long indoors. One suggestion is Sansevieria. There are many varieties to choose from. Different shapes, sizes and color patterns. A pot of Sansevieria can be kept indoor for more than a year without any problem.
12. DO – Collect rain water in plastic drums or in other big containers. The rain water from your roof can be used for watering your plants when there is no rain.