With a push to eat healthier and to save money at the grocery store, many people are turning to organic gardening to meet their needs. By following some simple advice, you can get started in the interesting world of horticulture in just a little time. Just follow the tips and tricks outlined here and get ready for some beautiful results!
Lay sod properly. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Measure the handles with a tape measure laid out in the floor. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.
Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this. Used coffee grounds will add acidity, helping to optimize the soil’s pH. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. Plastics from nurseries aren’t recycled often, which causes them to go into landfills; so try starting with seeds, or buying from organic nurseries.
Start peas inside in a container, rather than planting the seeds outdoors. Pea seeds tend to germinate much better when planted indoors, before being moved to an outside garden. They will also be stronger, and better equipped to resist disease and insects. Once they are strong enough, you can transplant them outside.
A wheelbarrow and kneeling bench or stool are smart investments for your garden. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a portable, lightweight garden stool on hand. You will need a wheelbarrow in order to perform various horticulture chores, it is a good thing to have on hand.
As previously mentioned, growing your ideal organic garden requires some time, patience, and effort. The above tips will help you make a wonderful garden. Regardless of what you are growing in your organic garden, applying the tips and techniques provided in this article will surely help you achieve your goals.