In order to be a good organic gardener, you need to have a lot of patience and a knack for how to take care of plants. It is a good way to grow healthy fresh foods in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free way. This particular hobby may not be as easy as it sounds. Review the tips in this article and you’ll be on your way to creating a wonderful organic garden.
Lay sod properly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. This improves the chances of successful plant development.
Consider planting evergreens in your garden that produce berries. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. Some evergreens that will provide winter color are the American Holly, Common Snowberry, American Cranberrybush, and the Winterberry.
To be as efficient as possible in the garden, always have your tools handy. Wear pants with multiple pockets or use a toolbox or large bucket. Keep your trowel, pruning shears and gloves handy so you can do your garden work quickly and easily.
Seeds that have sprouted don’t require the extra warmth that was needed before they sprouted. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. Also, remove plastic coverings from the tops of your growing containers to keep them from becoming too warm or humid. Keep an eye on your seeds so you will know when this should be done.
Organic gardening combines hard work, patience and nature. However, the tastiness of the produce you grow will be a reward in itself. You can be a successful, effective organic gardener by using this information and working hard.