There’s a lot more to gardening than most people realize. If you choose to follow the natural gardening route, you may need to learn about factors, such as the soil’s pH balance and natural ways to fight off garden pests. Growing an organic garden can be a bit difficult for a newbie. Keep reading to find out how the professionals do it.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
To achieve the best growing results, plants need sufficient carbon dioxide. In general, higher amounts of CO2 are related to better plant growth. Growing plants in a greenhouse is the best way to contain CO2 for use by your plants. A greenhouse will help maintain a high level of CO2 and cause the plants to grow faster.
While working in your garden during the fall season, watch out for those stink bugs! Stinkbugs are most prevalent on tomatoes, beans and peppers. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. Planning gives you a map of your garden. When your plants begin sprouting and all look alike, you can refer to your plan to remind yourself of which plants are which. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. Fungicidal spray treatments can contain fungi, but spraying prior to problems even developing in the first place is the best way to go about it.
Do you love fresh mint leaves but hate how they quickly grow to take over your garden? Keep the growth under control by growing them in a large gardening pot instead. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out. The container will keep the roots from spreading too far.
Make sure that you divide your irises! Overgrown clumps of irises can be divided up to increase your numbers of this lovely flower. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.