Having an organic garden does make it easier to eat healthy fruits and vegetables, but planning a garden and choosing the correct equipment can be a complex process. There are numerous seed choices as well. The following tips will help you make the most of your organic garden.
Sod should be laid properly. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Thoroughly water the soil. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. 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.
Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. This increases the chance that your plants will survive to adulthood. This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. To increase your garden’s likelihood of producing strong and healthy plants, use high-quality soil containing minuscule amounts of chemicals, which will eventually collect salts.
For proper optimum growth, plants require sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). A major portion of plants grow their best in an environment with a saturated level of CO2. The best way to get a lot of it is through a greenhouse. If you have a greenhouse, keep CO2 levels high.
Irises should be divided. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Plant immediately.
Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. These will help give your garden a burst of color, even in the winter months when most other vegetation has lost their colors. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.
If you are growing your organic plants inside of your home or office, it is vital to make sure that the right amount of light reaches them. Ideally, these plants should be kept in a room that offers natural light from a window or glass door. If the type of plant does not help, you can always use lights to help.
As mentioned earlier, an organic garden could be a valuable asset for improving your diet. It is also important to be knowledgeable of the various types of plants that you can choose from. Use the tips from above to take a step in the right direction when it comes to organic horticulture, and start your family on a healthier path to better living.