When it comes to organic horticulture, take note that it requires a lot of patience, as well as a green thumb. It is a good way to grow healthy fresh foods in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free way. It might sound easy, but is it? Continue on for some helpful advice that will have you horticulture like a pro.
Sod should be laid properly. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Make sure the soil is packed firmly and even. The soil should be adequately moistened. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Place them outdoors in the sun for about an hour or two on the first day. Over one week, gradually build up the amount of hours you leave the plants outside. Once the transition is complete, your plants will probably be able to tolerate the outdoor conditions.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Plants that climb are extraordinarily versatile, and can help hide an unsightly wall or fence, usually within one season. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. Some of these plants include, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle!
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.
If you would love to have access to fresh and healthy mint leaves from your own back yard, but dread the way the plant spreads so quickly, worry not. That’s why it’s better to place mint in containers rather than letting it have free rein in your garden. 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 gardens start with seeds, as opposed to plants. Once the plant is healthy enough, replant it in your garden with the appropriate type of soil. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
Use fertilizer for maximum planting success. One type of fertilizer that really helps plants grow is manure, but be sure to utilize a type that is commercially composted to reduce the chances of pathogens. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
Organic gardening is a hobby incorporating nature, hard work and patience. 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.