Gardeners who grow herbs or flowers should be aware of potential pests and diseases in their gardens.
It’s a good idea to keep a few extra plants and plants to help combat disease, pests and parasites, says Garden Answers.
Here are some tips to help you choose the right plants to get started: • Do not plant wildflower plants unless you have tested positive for any kind of weedkiller, like an over-the-counter antibiotic.
• Use a chemical fungicide if your garden has been sprayed with a fungicide that can harm plants.
For more information, read about the chemicals in your garden.
• Keep your plants well watered.
For example, if you want to grow a large shrub or tree, you should use a soil that is well-drained, and keep the soil in good drainage, says the Gardening for the Environment.
For other garden needs, such as plants that need more sunlight or require more water, read on.
• Do your research on the chemicals and the risks of using them in your area.
For examples, read more about weed control and pesticides.
• Planting a new species of plant that may require a different variety of fertilizer is a good way to avoid spreading disease and pests, says garden plants for the environment.
You can also check to see if your region has a pesticide policy.
• For more gardening information, go to www.gardenanswer.ca.
The Gardening Institute is a national network of experts in gardening.
Its website is www.gardening.ca or call the Gardener’s Resource Centre at 1-866-636-2775.