Hide this

header-hydro

Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Outdoor Growing, Part 4

Watering is key to successful outdoor gardening. Watering is key to successful outdoor gardening.

This week we’re talking outdoor pests and disease, as well as how to water your outdoor plants. This edition of Hydro 101 is the penultimate in our 5-part series on outdoor growing for beginners. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far, but it’s not over yet. So let’s get to it.

Unlike indoor growing, you will come across some sort of pests and insects no matter what you do outdoors.

Something we haven’t touched on yet is watering. When growing outdoors, you may need to water more often than you would indoors. It really depends on your climate and container size, but more watering is generally the case. If it gets really hot in your area you may need to water once a day. If you have really large plants they will suck up a lot of water too. Really, no matter what or where you grow, the best thing you can do is to keep a close eye on your garden. Check the soil moisture level daily, otherwise your plants can wilt and possibly die. Plants outside can handle much higher temperature than inside, so in most cases you won’t have to do anything more to control your plants’ exposure to heat than watering well.

Unlike indoor growing, you will come across some sort of pests and insects no matter what you do outdoors. That said, there are bugs outdoors that are helpful to your garden - predatory insects like ladybugs and predatory mites. They will help keep the bad insects away. However, if the natural predators aren't doing an adequate job keeping the bad insects at bay, a simple neem oil mixture will do the trick.

The main disease you have to look for outdoors is powdery mildew. This disease is actually more common outdoors than indoors. Depending on your climate, for example if it’s humid, you may run into mold as well as powdery mildew. But neem oil works well for these troubles too, just as long as you catch it early and act prudently. If you don't catch mold soon enough, you may have to cut off the entire molded area of the plant. Mold like this only occurs in very humid climates, so a number of you reading this won’t have to worry about it. But for those of you living in coastal areas, you can refer to my previous series on pests & disease to help identify these nefarious villains of the growing world. Most of the time if you take time and proper care of your garden any malicious troubles can be avoided.

Following these few simple steps will ensure a happy outdoor experience when dealing with pests and disease. And don’t forget to water, too! Until next time, grow big, or go home!

Read Part 1 of Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Outdoor Growing

Read Part 2 of Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Outdoor Growing

Read Part 3 of Hydro 101 with Deonna Marie: Outdoor Growing

Follow Us:

Need the scoop on Bloom Boosters? Get expert analysis here.

Do you know how pruning can give you bigger yields? Read about it here.

What new albums are rocking in the Rosebud Magazine offices this week? Check it out here.

Follow Rosebud Magazine on Twitter – click here.

© Copyright RosebudMag.com, 2011



To create link towards this article on your website,
copy and paste the text below in your page.




Preview :


Powered by Rosebudmag © 2018
Follow Rosebud Magazine on Twitter Check out the Rosebud Magazine Facebook
Share this article with your friends, family and co-workers
Deonna Marie keeps it hot outdoors all year round.
Last modified on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:23

Want To Grow Bigger?

 

Twitter-Button

Follow growers on Twitter

 

FacebookButtonJoin grower discussions on Facebook

 

email-icon-1Ask our expert growers questions at: experts@rosebudmag.com

Growers Underground
QuickCure
© Rosebud Magazine, 2010 - 2018 | All rights reserved.

Login or Register

LOG IN