With a push to eat healthier and to save money at the grocery store, many people are turning to organic horticulture to meet their needs. The aim of this article is to help the would-be organic gardener get off to a great start. Continue reading to uncover a number of effective tips for growing an organic garden you can be proud of.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Be sure to get rid of any weeds, and then proceed to break up the soil to get it ready to use. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. 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. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. Use them to fill gaps between shrubs and perennials in the sun. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
When winter arrives, transfer a few plants into the house for safe storage during the cold weather. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Pre-soak your seeds to keep them healthy. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. 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. Short grass tends to have shallow roots, which can cause dried out, brown patches to occur.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Boiling water is a safe herbicide which won’t damage your garden or your body. Soak weeds with freshly boiled water, just being mindful to not afflict damage on plants you want to keep. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
An organic garden takes time and patience, as we have previously advised. These tips can be put to use so you can see how great growing a garden can be. The tips in this article will lead to great success no matter which varieties you choose to grow.