You are ready to plant your organic garden. This is great timing! The following tips can help you realize your plans for your garden.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Remove weeds and break your soil until all the clumps are gone. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. The soil should be adequately moistened. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
Soil needs to be rich in certain nutrients to grow healthy plants. Fertilizer can enrich the soil to make it more viable. You could also isolate a certain area, and fill it with just one kind of soil.
Be sure to weed your garden. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. To help with the removal, you can use white vinegar. White vinegar is a weed killer! So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.
Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This will give your seeds a healthy head start in the growth process. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Before you start working in your garden, purchase a wheelbarrow and a good kneeling stool. Get a portable stool if you want to garden comfortably without damaging your knees. A wheelbarrow will come in handy to easily move dirt, rocks and other heavy objects.
Pest control can present a challenge for successful vegetable horticulture. You want to avoid spraying harsh chemicals since the vegetables are meant for consumption. The key to keeping garden pests at bay is to be relentless. Taking the pests off of the plants by hand is one of the best fixes if you are able to catch the infestation in its early stages.
Avoid using broad-spectrum pesticides in your garden. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. These helpful bugs are usually more sensitive to the chemicals than the pests, so if you find yourself in a situation where the good bugs are dying out, you can expect the pest problem to grow. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.
You should now have the basic knowledge you need to start an organic garden. By reading and applying the information you have learned, you can go from a novice gardener to an expert-level organic gardener in no time at all. The above tips should help you begin growing an organic garden that is beautiful and healthy.