Harnessing the Elements
Having grown up on a farm, I feel blessed with life around me, and how it interacts with each other. As I went to study in universities, I realized that these theories are active and alive out here. Plants live in harmony with the 5 basic elements of life; align with it, and your garden will thrive.
So, here are my top 5:
Earth - The soil science in plants. Plants do well in loam, so before planting, amend your soil with compost. Or get a balance triple mix from your garden center. Annuals or perennial plants will love you.
Air - Plants need to breath as well. Plants planted too close to each other are susceptible to fungus. Give space when planting in ground.
Water - Water early in the morning or evening. You want water to soak down to the roots. 30-60 minutes each day especially in mid-summer. Trick: Mulch at 3 inches deep. It helps retains moisture in the ground and prevent growth of weeds.
Sky - Location, location, location. Some plants like it in the sunny spot, some like it in the shade. Ask your garden expert before planting.
Fire - the ashes are good plant fertilizer. Mix it well, and nature do the rest.