Many people turn to organic horticulture because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Also, organic gardening can save you a lot of money. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic gardening professional.
Sod should be laid properly. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Make sure the sod is firmly placed to ensure a surface that is sufficiently flat and even. Also, make sure to use soil to fill the areas where there are gaps in the sod. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. Many times, a cold-tolerant or disease-resistant hybrid can have a higher yield versus traditional ones.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. Now when you go garden the next time, you’ll have a giant ruler at your command.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. These creatures can wreak havoc on a garden in a short time. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. The best solution is mixing baking soda, a drop of liquid dish detergent and water together in a spray bottle. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
Organic gardening is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.