If you’re planning on eating healthier and saving a lot of money on groceries, growing an organic garden will accomplish that and much more. It can be a little daunting, however. From the type of mulch to use to the right equipment, there are many questions you need answered. As well, there are a lot of choices when it comes to seeds. Read on for a handful of tips and tricks for nurturing your garden with an organic approach.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! Hollow out the pumpkin and spray with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rot. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the 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.
As stated, organic gardening, and understanding the choices you have in terms of plants, can greatly affect your present and future dietary choices. Using the above advice is a great starting point for a successful organic garden.