Organic horticulture can either be a major headache, or a very relaxing hobby. These tips should help you to become a better organic gardener.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.
Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. Some flowers are especially sun-loving as well.
If your garden requires a lot of low work, then save yourself some strain by investing in knee pads. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. Purchase a great pair of knee pads; they will provide a cushion for your knees while making gardening more comfortable.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Just douse the weeds directly with boiling water, taking care to avoid damaging nearby plants. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
The best gardens from an environmental standpoint originate from seeds, instead of plants. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. It’s better for your garden, in particular, because transplants have high failure rates; whereas, sprouting a seed and growing a plant in the same conditions is better. Additionally, it’s better for the environment, because the plastic pots used by most greenhouses are generally not recycled and are cluttering landfills.
As you now know, organic horticulture isn’t as simple as you may have thought. Doing it successfully entails a good amount of patience and dedication, but achieving a productive organic garden is a worthwhile endeavor indeed. By using the tips and techniques found here, you can have a healthy, productive garden in no time.