Horticulture can be very complicated, when you look at it more closely. Once you have decided to garden organically, you need to learn about your soil’s pH balance, as well as things like natural pesticides. Organic horticulture is way harder than traditional horticulture for beginners. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
Learn how to properly lay sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Thoroughly water the soil. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. This time, use a pumpkin for the container for your lettuce and kale, instead of plain clay pots. Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
If you’re a new gardener, it is vital that you follow the instructions when it comes to your chemicals and tools. Irritation of the skin or even more serious injuries are possible if you ignore manufacturer’s directions. Ensure that your body is protected by always following instructions.
Consider planting evergreens in your garden that produce berries. The evergreens will add some color to your garden or yard, especially during the winter, when other plants have died or lost color. Other plants that boast of winter berries include: Holly, Snowberry and Winterberry.
Give them a nutritious drink by using the water that you boiled your veggies in. In order to help acidify the soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons, you can use coffee and tea grounds. If fungus is ravaging your potted plants, sprinkle a bit of Chamomile tea on them, and see if it helps.
Plant for fall color. However, that does not have to be the case! The foliage in the fall probably exudes more color than any other season. Maple trees can range from beautiful reds and yellows in addition to Beech or Dogwood trees. When thinking about shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.