Gardening is a great way to grow delicious fruits and vegetables right in your own backyard. You can make things like salads with freshly picked tomatoes right from your garden, or if you are advanced enough you can even make salads that are completely from your own garden. A wide variety of information is available online, in magazines and in horticulture books to help you grow a healthy, luscious garden.
Properly put down your sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Break the soil into fine tilth and make sure you remove any weeds as well. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. When starting the transition, leave the plants in the sun for just 1-2 hours. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. It will also prevent weeds from popping up around your plants. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.
Plant for fall color. That idea is actually far from the truth. In terms of colorful foliage, fall is the time of year admired by many. You can find beautiful maple and beech trees in many different fall colors. When selecting shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea, or cotoneaster.
Avoid damage from the sun by dressing correctly when you garden. Always apply sunscreen with an adequate SPF level. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Finally, throw on a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp. When you protect yourself against the sun’s rays, you are more likely to avoid both skin cancer and sunburn.
Add some heather plants to your garden, to attract good insects. Heather is quite alluring to bees; when spring comes along, it provides the bees with a source of nectar early. In addition, beds of heather are usually left alone. Because of this, insects that are good for your garden often make them a home, such as beetles or spiders. With this knowledge at hand, it is in your best interest to wear gloves when tending the heather.
Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. Take your spade and work up a thin layer of soil. Turn that soil over, then spread a few inches of wood chips on the newly turned area. Let this sit for a couple weeks, next dig into it to plant your new plants.
A good thing to know when it comes to your organic garden, and running it, is to, a couple times a day, lightly ruffle the seedlings with cardboard or your hand. That may sound like a silly thing to do, but it’s been proven to help plants grow larger than they would otherwise.
Gardening gives you instant access to all of your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables. This is a more natural and cheaper way of getting your food. Apply these guidelines in order to get the most out of horticulture.
Originally posted 2013-05-30 05:03:38.