Designing a perfect garden? Tend to your garden plots at least once a year, and see the difference. Learn how, when, and with what tools to perform this important task.
It might be surprising, but it's beneficial to start planning your tending schedule well before autumn – when temperatures in France start to plummet. Fix a time around the year when you can devote your time to this activity. Sticking to the schedule would keep your garden in good health.
The most straightforward method to tend your garden is to plant your spade directly into the soil, eliminating the need for greenhouses or vegetable/fruit boxes. While this might sound simple, this technique has its own set of drawbacks. It's not exactly in alignment with nature as it involves the use of fertilizers and pesticides, which could potentially harm the soil's fertility. Moreover, this operation might not be ideal for people with back problems.
Benefits of Tilling
- Improves soil compression for better water circulation
- Limits weed growth
- Prevents the spread of soil-borne diseases like potato blight
Necessary Tending Tools
Choose from the following gardening tools, each with its unique qualities:
The Grelinette: This tool is perfect for clay and compact soil. It requires minimal effort, making it an ideal choice for beginners and people with physical constraints.
The Cultivator: This tool is more suitable for extensive gardens. While it might require some getting used to, it's a valuable asset for serious gardeners.
The Rototiller: This dual power tool that runs on either gas or electricity can prepare the soil effectively for planting. Although it can be harsh on the soil, supplementing with homemade fertilizer can help maintain the soil's quality. Given its high efficacy, consider renting one first to see if it fits your gardening needs.