The trend toward organic foods has gradually escalated to become more of a movement; a permanent shift in the way we think about the foods that we put into our bodies. Those involved in this kind of living often like to grown their own organic gardens as a means to maximize the potential health benefits. This article provides several useful tips on organic gardening that can help.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Make sure the sod is firmly placed to ensure a surface that is sufficiently flat and even. Also, make sure to use soil to fill the areas where there are gaps in the sod. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Choose plant strains that will give you the best harvest with the biggest yield. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. Think about saving your resistant plants or the expensive ones. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.
To get the best results in your garden, you need to use a good quality soil. The soil that is already in your garden might need amending, depending on the particular plants that you want to grow. It is also possible to set aside a portion of your garden to include just one type of soil.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. Most plants grow better in higher levels of CO2. A greenhouse will provide the best method of providing enough CO2 for your plants. Higher CO2 levels can provide optimal conditions for growing plants.
When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. They like fruits, as well as peppers, beans and tomatoes. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
Split up the irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a horticulture knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant them immediately.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Manure can help grow plants, but to eliminate risk of pathogens, try using a type of commercially composted product. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. These methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.
The more you know about organic horticulture, the easier your gardening will be. Reading this article was the perfect way to set the ball in motion.