Plant Care Schedule – Daily, Weekly Monthly, Quarterly

Plant Care Schedule – Daily, Weekly Monthly, Quarterly

When you love and care for your terrace garden, you attach a well-defined, systematic set of activities and a well-defined routine. In this post, here’s a routine for the fantastic care of your terrace garden which took me years to figure out. A well-defined routine for your garden also helps in efficient time management for other important things in your life.

Daily routine

Don’t be overwhelmed by the activities that you have to do every day in your garden as they are very simple, easy to do, and have many benefits in long term.

Daily 1: Inspection of plant

Daily 2: Removal of old/yellow leaves

You may not find old leaves in your garden every day if you keep removing them. Although they may fall on their own in some time so this activity only has aesthetic value for your garden.

Daily 3: Removal of fallen leaves

Plants especially with smaller leaf sizes may fall and get accumulated on the container surface. While you may think that leaving fallen leaves to decompose may return valuable nutrients to the soil, provides habitat for lots of important and valuable insect species over winter, and acts as a natural mulch. Right? No

Why? Because rotting organic matter produces acid, the excess of which may harm the plant, particularly to the sensitive one. Also, it can become home to ants and other not-so-beneficial insects that may cause a nuisance.

So my suggestion would be to keep a separate pot/bag for collecting fallen leaves as they are a good source of organic matter. You may put them in your home composter if any or use them with waste decomposer solution or you can also use dry leaves as mulch.

Daily 4: Conscious watering

The most obvious one but it can be improved. Remember you don’t have to water every plant every day unless off course you live in a hotter region.

  • Know about your plant’s specific water requirement.
  • Follow the finger rule to check if your plants need watering. Press your finger in the container mix for one inch and if it feels try, your plant may need watering. With time you will know watering needs for specific plants just by looking at them.
  • Always try to water using a watering can with a shower This helps saving water and also helps in spreading it evenly. It also keeps the top surface undisturbed.
  • Water slowly.

Daily 4: De-weeding

Remember your plant has a limited ecosystem and you don’t want weeds to take over so much that your plant has to compete with them for nutrients. Therefore remove weeds when they appear first, especially in rainy reasons. Over some time this activity may not require daily efforts.

Weekly routine

I keep all my labor-intensive gardening tasks for weekends. You can choose any day during the week. I prefer weekends to take a break from my usual work. As much as weekly activities are important for your garden, they are equally beneficial for you as well. Before I talk about garden-related activities, let me show what benefits I get out of my weekly gardening activities:

  • It helps me unwind. In simple terms, it’s relaxing in its way.
  • It’s a digital detox for me as I am away from my phone and computer a majority of the time when I’m working on my garden.
  • It promotes physical activity.

Weekly 1: Neem/Karanj Oil Spray

This one activity has saved me from pests creating havoc on my terrace garden. Behind my house is an empty plot and it becomes a jungle during rains and stays like that till summer. While it is a treat to the eyes to wake up to such greenery but it also attracts a lot of insects, pests, and whatnot.

Every Saturday between 5:30-6:30 pm (depending on sunset) I spray neem oil on all of my plants.

Do this activity religiously and your garden will have very few pest problems.

Weekly 2: Labor-intensive tasks on weekends

If you are already maintaining your garden on daily basis there won’t be many labor-intensive tasks for the weekend. But there are a few that I recommend anyways

  1. 1. Cleaning for garden area: Nothing like taking your garden hose and cleaning the gardening area with a jet spray of water. It makes the place look neat, it prevents deposits of leached potting mix from pots.
  2. Potting and Repotting: As a gardener, you must have experienced the temptation of potting your nursery-bought plants asap. The weekend is the best time to pot your nursery- bought plants because you have more time to prepare, buy supplies and engage in this laborious task.
  3. Adding additives: You should add organic additives at regular intervals and the best days to do are weekends. So whenever you are due for adding your additives, do them on weekends.
  4. Do-it-yourself fertilizers and pesticides: Best time to make your foliar sprays so that you can store them and use.

Weekly 3: Weekly feeding if any

In Secrets Of Feeding Your Plants there are do-it-your-self organic fertilizers and in Organic Pest Control many organic pesticides as well. If you can make those organic fertilizers, then you may set a weekly schedule for its application:

  • Cow dung + Cow urine foliar spray
  • Moringa foliar spray
  • Masala pesticide

Give at least 3-4 days gap between for feeding & pesticide foliar spray to sure that its uptake by plants. For example

Saturdays: Neem Oil Spray or anyone aforementioned

Tuesdays: Moringa foliar spray or anyone aforementioned

Bi-Weekly routine

Once in every 2 weeks or every 15 days. This is an optional schedule to set so feel free to skip it. However, if you intend to apply any of the following, then you should do them here:

  • Micronutrients foliar spray
  • Liquid manure using kitchen waste
  • Moringa foliar spray

This is also an excellent time to shift some of your weekly tasks for example Moringa foliar spray (if you made one)

Monthly routine

There are few activities which are well suited to do on monthly basis, here’s what you can do:

Monthly 1: seaweed extract spray

Seaweed is considered an excellent all-natural growth booster. When farming it is recommended on/before specific stages like pre- flower, fruiting, etc. to accelerate growth. There is no harm in following this pattern too for your terrace garden. However spraying it on monthly basis will have an added benefit to your plants and that is micronutrients, seaweed extract is an excellent source of micronutrients and therefore I will act as a monthly multi-vitamin dose for your plants. Few things to note when spraying it:

  • Even if the bottle of seaweed extract says 2-3 ml in one-liter water, use 1ml with 1-liter water. I have seen people damaging their plants with excess quantities.
  • Follow the rules of foliar spray as mentioned in 7 commandments of foliar feed.
  • If it is too hot a day, then simply skip it the next day.

Quarterly routine

Container-grown plants need regular feeding and slow-release fertilizers work wonders for them. Potting mix rejuvenation and its recipe. You should add organic additives to your plants at the beginning of the following months:

  • June
  • September
  • Dec (in hotter/tropical regions)
  • Feb-March

Specific feeding requirements for plants and their dormancy is beyond the scope of this book. Therefore keep a note of this:

Don’t feed dormant plants: While you may want to do it for all your container-grown plants, keep in mind that some plants do not need to be fed in their dormancy season which is most likely winter/snow/frost season.

Winter never really comes: If your location does not experience snow or frost you can enjoy a lot of fruits/vegetables/flowers that can be grown in winter season and therefore you may add additives to those plants.

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