Establishing an organic garden is a smart way to work towards a healthier diet. It requires effort to grow. You may be curious as to how to start the organic horticulture process.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Leave them outside in sunlight for a couple of hours on the initial day. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. The plants should be prepared to move outside permanently at the end of this week.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants with more strength to deflect those insects and various diseases. For the most vigorous and healthy plants, start with high-quality soil, and stay away from chemicals. These can accumulate salts over time.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
In the cold winter months, you can salvage certain plants by bringing them into the house. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Use caution when digging around the roots of your plant. You need to keep the root structure intact for it to thrive after being potted.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. After this is completed, it is time to plant!
Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Place your seeds in a container filled with water. The seeds will get the hydration they need to start growing. This gives the seeds a better chance of flourishing.
As the article has referenced, organic gardening takes work, research, and effort in order to be successful. You are also aware now that dedication and consistency will go a long way toward success. Remembering the above tips, you can successfully grow an organic garden.