What's wrong with my plant? How to read what your leaves are telling you

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When it comes to starting a garden, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind should problems arise. Whether you are planting vegetables, flowers or growing herbs in your home or garden, it is an activity that can be so rewarding. Once you have started your garden, the condition of your plants might leave you feeling a bit frustrated when the plants don't look as good as they should. That is why you will want to take a look at this helpful guide that will give you simple tips to help you when growing herbs, or starting a garden. Plants, like people, need certain conditions in order to thrive. When starting a garden if there is a lack of sunlight or too much sunlight, too much water or too little water, and bugs are just a few of the things that can turn your plant from stunning to sickly in a second. You'll want to check out a few reasons why your plants may not be thriving.

When starting a garden, pests and bugs are the one thing that can do a surprising amount of damage, especially when you consider how small they are. You might notice bugs living on the leaves of your flowers and vegetables, and may even see holes where the bugs have been eating away your plants. To try and remedy any bug problems in your garden, you can try spraying your plant with some insecticide or natural DIY ideas. Another thing that you have to be careful with when starting a garden is how much water your garden gets. It's usually pretty obvious when your garden isn't getting enough water, but you can also overwater a plant too. You want to look for leaves that are too wilted or yellowing. You can try repotting your plant in soil with better drainage and keep a lighter hand when watering. Everyone knows that their garden needs sunlight to grow, but just how much sunlight can differ depending on the plan. If your plants start to look droopy and tired, they may not be getting enough sunlight. Sun helps the plant produce the food that it needs to grow. You want to make sure your plant is getting enough sun by moving the plant to a brighter location. When starting a garden, you want to make sure the plants get the right amount of water and sunlight, along with a boost of minerals to put more perk in their leaves. Some common deficiencies that might occur include potassium, nitrogen, zinc, and iron. Yellowing on the edges of your plant or some light discoloration all over the leaf are signs that your flowers and plants may be lacking one or more minerals.

Plants also need a mix of micro- and macronutrients so they thrive. These essential nutrients are necessary for healthy plant growth. Macronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, sulfer, and nitrogen can be found in lime and natural composts. Plants need micronutrients such as boron, iron, copper, chloride, and zinc so they will grow, but the plants need less of them. Adding a few lawn clippings to your garden and plants will help to provide enough micronutrients. When starting a garden, you want to watch your plants and monitor them for small changes in the leaves and plants so that you can adjust the water, sunlight or nutrient levels at the first sign of any trouble.

You will find these gardening tips on the Greener Patches site. On the site you will find tips on starting a garden, planting vegetables, growing herbs, DIY ideas, composting tips and more. **

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