Organic Gardening Tips That Everyone Can Follow

 

 

When you decide that you want to get into gardening, you may wonder where exactly to begin. For a beginner it may seem overwhelming to think of all the things to consider from purchasing seeds to how to maintain the garden so that it actually grows. The tips in this article can provide you with what you need to know to succeed at gardening.

Sod should be laid properly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Dampen the soil completely. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Water your sod daily for a fortnight, which is enough time for it to root and be able to withstand foot traffic.

Selecting bulbs. Most bulbs are sold during their dormant period. Buy them as early as possible before they start to produce roots. Most spring flowering bulbs will begin to grow roots by early fall, and by planting them early, you will ensure that they have time to establish themselves. Bulbs will deteriorate if kept out of the ground too long. Don’t buy any bulb that is soft or mushy, or appears to be diseased.

Organize your garden so that all your plants are exposed to the sun most of the time. Your house or your trees cast shadows: keep in mind that these shadows move throughout the day. You ideally want your plants to be exposed to the sun in the morning and the afternoon, but not around noon, especially in the summer time.

Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

Make your long handled garden tool into a measuring tool. You can get measuring tape and mark out the units with a black permanent marker. This works great for wood handled tools. When you need to space your plants out a particular distance, you can use your homemade measuring stick to measure the distance.

Having beautiful bulb plants is fun while it lasts, but once they have bloomed you are stuck with bulb foliage that is not very attractive. Try to plant bulbs among plants that will grow up and over faded bulb leaves. This way, once the lilies or daffodils are spent, the old foliage will be hidden by the new growth of other plants.

As you have seen, gardening has various techniques, but they all share the same goal; to have a beautiful garden. All it takes to start your garden is some research, dedication, and patience to use the tools, seeds, and other gardening equipment to help your garden grow successfully.