Organic gardening is wonderfully therapeutic and anyone can enjoy it. If you lack experience as a gardener, it is perfectly natural to be somewhat intimidated by the thought of all that work. How then should someone who does not have any experience start getting involved with organic gardening? Well, read the following tips.
Properly lay your sod. Start by preparing your soil with care. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using some soil. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
Selecting a climbing plant. Climbing plants are usually container-grown, although occasionally they are sold as bare-root plants. Choose a healthy looking plant with a good framework of both established stems and new shoots. Turn the pot over, and check to see if there are any young roots growing out of the holes in the bottom. If so, this means that the plant is well-rooted. Reject any plant that is potbound (meaning you can’t easily remove it from the pot).
Plant crops compatible with each other in order to add even more efficiency to your garden. Plant crops that take longer to mature next to faster growing varieties. You can also get ahead of the season by planting cooler climate crops in the shade of larger summer crops. Greens such as lettuce do great in the shade of a large tomato plant.
If you have enough space pick one row in your garden to contain an assortment of different vegetables. Try uncommon or unusual crops that you wouldn’t want in abundance, but that can liven up a meal that you prepare using your usual crops. Plant crops in this row over time so that you’ll always have a selection of vegetables to try.
Feed your plants. The way your plants are growing can tell you what nutrients are lacking and need replacing. Some plants take up a lot of nutrients early in the growing season and quickly need a new supply. Look for signs of deficiency such as yellowing leaves and stunted growth. Feed the plant with a general purpose fertilizer, unless it has specific requirements. Foliage plants, for instance, prefer a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.
When you do gardening, make sure that you have a good pair of gardening gloves. Gardening is rough on your hands. Thorns and sharp branches can hurt your hands if they are not protected by gloves. Sometimes you cannot see what is in a bush when you stick your hand in there to prune. Wearing a pair of gardening gloves will make sure that your hands will not be injured.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. Gardening is not only a beautiful art but also a rewarding and relaxing way to spend your time. Remember these tips to grow the perfect organic garden.