The benefits of gardening include increases strength in bones, muscles and joints. Helps to improve our ability to do daily activities. Helps to improve balance especially in older people. Gardening helps to improve mental health and outlook. It also helps to decrease lifestyle diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
It is essential that the soil around plants is kept moist. How frequently plants are watered depends mainly on what time of the year it is and the plants species we are growing. During summer plants may need watering every day while in winter they may only need to be watered a couple of times a week.
The main types of fertilizers which are available and are good for plant growth are slow release fertilizer and quick release fertilizer. Both are available in granular form and are easy to apply. They are available with differing amounts of nutrients to suit different plant species. Chicken and cow manure can also be used as a good source of fertilizer and will promote good plant growth.
Applying a layer of mulch to the soil around plants is a good practice. It helps to keep the soil around plants moist, it helps to keep weeds out and also helps to supply nutrients to plants as it breaks down.
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