Chances are you have probably heard about or seen organic foods in your local grocery store. Organic items are easy to spot on the shelves. They are usually packaged differently and often are marked up considerably. Use the tips offered here to learn more about organic gardening.
Properly put down your sod. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Thoroughly water the soil. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
Having healthy soil in your garden is your number one defense against pests! If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Use a spray bottle to apply to your plants weekly until the issue clears up. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. You can put something over the soil which surrounds the plants which has a bad smell to cats to deter them.
Try to have a plan with your garden. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
See to it that you fertilize your garden. Manure is great in enabling plants to grow, although it’s vital to use commercially composted products in order to lessen the risk of a variety of pathogens. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. You can also prevent insect pests by using wood ash like mulch around your trees and shrubs. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.
Originally posted 2013-06-15 02:09:59.