To be successful in organic horticulture, you need patience and persistence. A green thumb also helps considerably. The point of organic gardening is to grow healthy, toxin free food that you can enjoy and benefit from. However, organic horticulture obviously isn’t as easy as it might sound. Read the tips below to see what you need to begin growing like a pro.
You will need to properly lay sod. Be sure to get your soil prepared before you start laying the new sod. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
To keep your plants from getting shocked, you need to gradually introduce them to changes in temperature and conditions. Leave them outside in sunlight for a couple of hours on the initial day. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
Brighten your garden with biennials and annuals. These types of flowers grow at high speed, which gives you more flexibility in changing the look of your flower beds as the seasons change. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! To use the pumpkin as a planter, it is important to prevent it from rotting. To do this, you simply spray the entire inside and any edges with a gardening spray called Wilt-Pruf. This is done after you’ve opened the pumpkin at the top and removed the insides. Now this is completed, it is time to get planting!
Pre-soak seeds overnight in a dark place. You then want to place a small amount of seeds in a container that’s smaller and then fill it up with water to the top. This will keep seeds hydrated and help them to grow faster. This will also give your seeds a much better chance to survive and mature.
If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. If you would like the mint leaves to still be in the ground, simply plant the container, and the leaves will stay within the boundaries of the pot.
The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, that is why it is advised to use seeds or purchase from nurseries that make use of organic materials when packaging their plants.
The hobby of organic horticulture requires patience and effort, with a little help from Mother Nature. However, the tastiness of the produce you grow will be a reward in itself. If you put your mind to it, you could become an excellent organic gardener.