Having your own indoor herb garden can bring about numerous advantages that will be beneficial to you and your entire family. However, if you do not know how to monitor the condition of your garden and maintain it properly, then you may have problems that can possibly threaten the overall health of your indoor herb garden, including the soil. If you do not know how to monitor the present condition of your indoor herb garden, then if you can notice that your herbs are withering up or dying despite all the care you have given, then your indoor herb garden may possibly dealing with molds in the garden soil.
Tips in Identifying and Managing Molds in Soil
- Molds are first visible in the plant’s stalk and the surface of the soil. In inspecting the stalk and the surface of the soil for molds, just look for white fuzzy, green, or black substances that are spreading all over the soil’s surface.
- Check your plants’ loss of leaves and check your plants’ stem for weakness. Both signs can be indicators for early molds infestation underneath the soil.
- Once you have seen signs of molds infestation in your garden’s soil or even in other parts of your plants, you should immediately limit watering. Molds easily multiply and thrive in moist environment. Indoor herb gardens are more prone for molds infestation than gardens outdoors, since the environment indoors is humid.
- You may need to stop watering your entire garden for a few days once signs of molds infestation are spotted. After a few days, you may need to use a rake or other gardening tools that can be used to aerate your garden’s soil, and expose spores of the molds to the air.
- It will also be helpful if you are going to expose all your plants that are affected with molds under direct sunlight. Exposure to sunlight will help in drying out the soil and it will also be very helpful in killing the molds.
- If you think that the molds infestation is already severe, you will now need to remove the moldy soil by scraping your using a shovel or a trowel. The infected soil should be disposed properly and should never be placed somewhere that can get other soil contaminated with molds.
- The removed infected or mold infested soil should be replaced with fresh soil most preferably with organic fertilizer to give the roots of your plants a boost.