Organic horticulture may be a major pain, or a joyous hobby. This list of tips should help you become a successful organic gardener.
Put sod down the right way. Be sure to get your soil prepared before you start laying the new sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They can also grow through existing shrubs or trees, or be trained to cover an arbor. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
When gardening in the fall, you need to be watching for stink bugs. Stink bugs enjoy gardens, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, beans and peppers. If you don’t take care of them, they can decimate your garden, so it’s best to do all you can to get rid of them.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!
Before you start planting your garden, plan it! Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. When these tender shrubs are kept in pots, cold weather can be very damaging. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Now that you’ve read this article, you can see that there is much more to do with organic gardening than meets the eye. While it takes quite a bit of effort and lots of patience, your pay off in the end will be a fantastic organic garden. When you apply the tips in this article, you will be ready to start improving your skills in organic horticulture.