Final thoughts from a gardening expert

Final thoughts from a gardening expert

Gardening expert Lee Reich has written about planting flowers, vegetables and more on his land for 30 years.

In his last story, he wanted to leave his readers a few advice.

Over the years he has written about tomatoes, how to cut flowers, and concerns about pets eating houseplants.

He said he was happy to write about garden work for gardeners of all skill levels.

He decided to offer eight pieces of information to help people who grow plants at home, whether they are doing it on a large lot or just two or three containers indoors.

Organic material

Reich said that things that were once alive are good for mixing into the soil you use to grow plants. This includes food scraps, green clippings, and leaves falling from trees. They help keep water in the soil and provide nourishment micro-organisms that help plants.

Don’t panic about parasites

Yes, says Reich, some insects can injure plants. But it is normal for insects and mushrooms and other organisms to harm your garden. He said people who work with plants have to learn to take a little damage. When plants are injured, he said, they come back in another way, like getting stronger where they aren’t hurt. He said it’s a good idea to be thoughtful and find a natural way to control the bugs before using any chemical treatment.

This undated photo shows writer Lee Reich’s garden in New Paltz, NY. A mixed garden of vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruits can appeal to all the senses. (Lee Reich via AP)

Trust nature

Reich said that “Mother Nature” has been helping Earth develop food and plants for a long time. Gardeners, he said, shouldn’t be too worried about the vegetation cover that grows naturally. Some people call these weeds.

Reich also noted that it is important to think carefully about the soil you are planting in. Don’t put the best plants in dry parts of the world where they are very humid. Do not put the plants that grow best in humid conditions where it is very dry.

Take photos and write notes

Every year, he said, it’s a good idea to take photos of your garden and write down what you’ve planted, and when you’ve done the work. This way you can learn from what worked well and what did not. The following year, you can decide what to plant based on your past experience.

Former United States President Thomas Jefferson once wrote: “Although I am an old man, I am a young gardener. ” His archives show good grades on its gardens.

Don’t think like everyone else

This undated photo shows pale touch-me-not flowers in New Paltz, NY Related to our cultivated impatiens, pale touch-me-not is considered by some people to be a weed, by others as a wild flower.  (Lee Reich via AP)

This undated photo shows pale touch-me-not flowers in New Paltz, NY Related to our cultivated impatiens, pale touch-me-not is considered by some people to be a weed, by others as a wild flower. (Lee Reich via AP)

Example 1: Some people think pulling weeds out of the garden is no fun. But Reich says it’s not the right way to think about work. A good idea is to watch your garden and remove the weeds every three or four days. This way, the job never takes too long. When you change the way you think, he said, a job that was once considered difficult can become enjoyable. Another warning? Don’t turn the earth too much. This work often produces weed seeds that would not grow otherwise.

Example 2: Reich said you should mix and match plants and flowers. There’s no reason you can’t plant eggplants, peppers, and other vegetables with your flowers. These plants are beautiful and the flowers will bring useful insects like bees to the garden.

Example 3: You can plant fruit trees anywhere you want. You don’t need a orchard. Many fruit trees are beautiful on their own and produce food that tastes great.

Get help from trusted sources

Reich has been writing about plants for 30 years, but sometimes he has questions. In these cases, he searches the Internet, but he focuses his research on information from educational institutions and government agencies. Even if the sources are not 100% accurate, most of the time they have good information. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between good and bad information when it comes from sources you are unfamiliar with.

Grow a variety of plants, especially the ones you can eat

Sometimes bad weather can harm plants. Other times the disease can hurt them. If you plant ready-to-eat vegetables at different times of the year, you can make sure that even if there is a problem in August or September, you have chosen something good to eat earlier in the year. . In Reich’s experiment a year in the northeastern United States, a disease in late summer injured many tomato plants. But that year he was already picking peppers, corn, kale and other vegetables.

This undated image shows a garden with cabbage and other seasonal vegetables in New Paltz, NY Growing fall vegetables is like having a whole different growing season in the garden.  Cool weather brings out the best flavor in vegetables.

This undated image shows a garden with cabbage and other seasonal vegetables in New Paltz, NY Growing fall vegetables is like having a whole different growing season in the garden. Cool weather brings out the best flavor in vegetables.

Do not plant too much

You may receive advertisements. You can walk past a plant shop that looks good. Even hot weather at the start of the year can make you want to start planting. But Reich says it’s better to have a small garden than a big one. When he brings friends, they admire all its fruits and vegetables. However, he cautions, “don’t do this at home!

In the end, Reich said, he might not write as much. However, he will never stop working in his garden. It will crash new items and delete old ones next year. For example, he wants to plant rhododendrons and winter berries. He will build another stone wall that he can use to support the lingonberries and the dwarf candy box. The work never stops.

This undated photo shows water coming out of a watering can in New Paltz, NY.

This undated photo shows water coming out of a watering can in New Paltz, NY.

Although he doesn’t write as often, Reich plans to continue writing on his own website – leereich.com. You can visit him if you want to follow his work, and maybe see photos of his new projects.

He will work hard, even on cold winter days.

I am Dan Friedell.

Dan Friedell adapted this story for Learn English based on a story by Lee Reich of The Associated Press.

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Words in this story

advice – not. an opinion or suggestion on what someone should do

microorganism – not. an extremely small living being that can only be seen with a microscope

mushrooms – not. anyone from a group of living things (such as molds, fungi, or yeasts) that often look like plants but don’t have flowers and live on dead or decaying things; plural of mushroom

archives – not. a place in which public documents or historical documents (such as documents) are kept

mix and match – v. put together different things (like clothes) in different ways

grass – not. a plant that grows very quickly where you don’t want it and that covers or kills the most desirable plants

orchard – not. a place where people grow fruit trees

admire – v. to watch (something or someone) with pleasure

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