Every day, more and more people are learning the benefits of organic gardens. The aim of this article is to help the would-be organic gardener get off to a great start. Use what you read and get down to work!
Properly put down your sod. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Water the soil until it is saturated. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. These creatures can wreak havoc on a garden in a short time. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Once you’ve cut its top and scooped the insides out, spray the edges and inside with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rotting. You can now use it to plant in, as you would a pot.
When mowing the lawn, don’t mow the grass all the way down to the root. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated. If the grass is too short that will lead to shallow roots, which will cause a brown and dried-out lawn.
Try dividing the irises. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. Divide rhizomes with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
When horticulture, try not to use broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. Good bugs are often more sensitive to pesticides than their bad counterparts, so if the population of good bugs goes down, the pest problem can grow. This will leave you using even more pesticides to fix the problem.
You just have to be patient if you want to get your organic garden into tip top shape. Take the information contained above as an example. If you can use these tips to your advantage, you can take the guess work out of an otherwise complicated venture. There are a huge number of plants to grow, and with these tips, you’ll succeed no matter which plants you ultimately choose.