If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic gardening may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. Additionally, most organic horticulture techniques cost very little money. Read on for some advice about how to work in your organic garden.
Sod should be laid properly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Make sure the soil is packed firmly and even. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Start your plants in containers, and then transplant the seedlings into the garden later on. Your plants will have a better chance of getting big and healthy! In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Brighten your garden with biennials and annuals. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. You can fill any spaces between shrubs and perennials when they are in the sun. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Stink bugs can damage your garden, especially if you garden in the fall. Stink bugs like to reside in tomatoes, beans, and pepper plants, as well as many fruits. Decrease their presence as much as possible to avoid them wreaking havoc in your garden.
Plant bulbs if you want spring and summer flowers. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Different bulbs will bloom during different time periods. Therefore, if you select your bulbs correctly, you could have blooms in your garden for all of spring and summer.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. Fasten the tops of the canes together, and cover this wigwam loosely with a cloth. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
One very good way to deal with weeds is to boil them away. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.