If you want to be an organic gardener, you need a green thumb, but more importantly, you need a lot of patience. It is an enjoyable way to grow your own nutritious foods that are free of pesticides and other harsh chemicals. Easier than it sounds though, correct? See these tips to learn how to get started with this healthy, rewarding hobby.
Put down sod correctly. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using 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.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. A lot of Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and you can prevent ruining a few crops by identifying the specific steps to take.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
Mix the grounds of coffee in soil that has a lot of alkaline. This is a simple way to replenish your soil with acid. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. You can make horticulture much more comfortable on your knees by using a portable garden stool. You often need to move large objects from place to place, so it’s a good idea to have a sturdy, well-balanced wheelbarrow.
Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Each variety needs a slightly different amount of growing time to produce the most flavorful vegetable. For instance, zucchini and baby peas will taste a lot better if you pick them when they are young. On the contrary, tomatoes shouldn’t be picked from the vine until they are ripe as can be. Educate yourself about the best time to harvest your veggies.
To garden properly in an organic fashion, requires a lot of patience, a lot of elbow grease and even more know-how. This hobby makes good use of your land to produce tasty vegetables and fruits. If you follow these tips and put in a great effort, there is nothing stopping you from becoming a good organic gardener.