An organic garden can be an essential part of a healthy diet, but understanding it and buying the right equipment can be tricky. There is a diversity of seeds that are suitable for organic horticulture as well. With the following steps, you can make sure that you get exactly what you need for your organic garden to grow properly.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Sod must be arranged in staggered rows; each joint should offset one another. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. A lot of times a hybrid that will tolerate cold weather or disease will give you a higher output than heirlooms.
Use perennials resistant to slugs and snails. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Some climbers you plant will have to be tied off and supported, but others have no problem attaching themselves to any surface using their tendrils or twining stems Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. You can now use it to plant in, as you would a pot.
Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Put some seeds in a container and fill the container to the brim with water. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Coffee grounds can be used to amend soils that are high in alkaline. Using coffee grounds is a less expensive way to make your soil more acidic than trying to replace your topsoil. The plants will be healthier, leading to more delicious home-grown veggies.
A set of knee pads are a life saver if you’re an avid gardener and a lot of your plants sit close to the ground. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. Buy yourself a pair of knee pads to use in the garden to cushion and protect your knees.
Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
In conclusion, having an organic garden is helpful in improving your healthy diet habits. Start with the tips above to grow the best possible organic garden for your family.