A lot of us plant our gardens during the spring and summer months in order to have fresh vegetables for our families. Although you may not call this “organic,” that’s exactly what it is if you’re not using chemical enhancers to assist you. Find out what else you can do to enjoy an organic garden by reading these tips.
Properly lay your sod. Be sure to get your soil prepared before you start laying the new sod. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. 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. 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.
Plants need room to grow. Packing too many plants in proximity to one another will make them compete for resources and you’ll subsequently either have one plant die, or have both plants grow in much worse conditions. It’s advisable to research the full size of a plant and look at how deep and how far apart the plants should be grown.
Plant your garden in stages. Put in a new vegetable every week, or plant vegetables with different maturation speeds when you do your planting. This helps prevent you from having a large harvest all at once, and will better allow you to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labors.
A great way to keep insects and pests at bay in your garden is to spray your plants with a dish soap and water mixture. A mixture of one quart water and one half teaspoon dish detergent will kill off those pesky parasites. Be sure to respray every fourteen days.
If you are gardening in containers, be sure each container has a drainage system to prevent water from pooling. Lining the bottom of a container with small rocks or pebbles can also help with water drainage for container gardening. Allowing water to sit for extended periods can rot the root system of your plants.
Split up your irises. The more you divide clusters of irises, the more your irises will multiply. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.
People often do not realize that organic gardening can be quite easy. Many people gardening with the aid of chemicals fail to realize the benefits of going organic. Make sure you’re ready to use the tips you’ve learned here to get the most out of your garden. You might even inspire a few others to do the same!