One of the best ways to improve your diet and make it healthier is to start and maintain an organic garden. But, you need to put in a lot of effort to grow your garden effectively. Knowing this might make you ponder where you should start and what aspects of organic horticulture are most important.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with 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.
The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
If mildew is forming on your plants, you should not purchase an expensive chemical. A great home remedy is to mix baking soda with water and a little bit of liquid soap. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.
For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of 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.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Clay pots are boring, so replace those ordinary lettuce and kale pots with pumpkins. First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. When you finish this, you can plant!
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Just douse the weeds directly with boiling water, taking care to avoid damaging nearby plants. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Split up irises. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Cut healthy pieces from the root stalk and throw out the dead center. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant them immediately.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Slugs are repelled by bordering your vegetable garden with either onions or marigolds. Keep insects away from shrub and tree seedlings with mulch containing wood ash. Doing these things can ensure that you do not need potentially harmful chemicals.
You can grow a great organic garden if you decide to dedicate your time and efforts to it. In addition, it’s true that you must be consistent if you want to see results. If you keep all these suggestions in mind, you have taken the right steps towards becoming a successful organic gardener.