Starting an organic garden is a smart step in creating a healthier diet. You will never accomplish your organic gardening goals without a bit of effort. Knowing where to start when planning an organic garden can be a little confusing.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Water the soil until it is saturated. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
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. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
The handles of your tools can double as clever rulers. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Prepare your seeds by soaking them in a dark environment. Simply place a handful of seeds in a container, cover the seeds up with water, and stash it away. That way, the seeds will have sufficient hydration and will have the best start possible. This way, the seeds you have planted will have some chance of growing.
As you’ve read, organic gardening requires work, effort, and research so that you can grow organic plants. Persistence and patience are also important traits for successful organic gardener. Keep the above advice at hand and you too can excel with organic horticulture.