Anyone can enjoy the relaxing activity of organic gardening. However, for someone who does not have any experience with gardening, the thought of starting, or maintaining, a garden can be intimidating. How should a novice approach the learning experience of growing plants? Well, reading through the tips in this article is a start.
Sod should be laid correctly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Be sure to get rid of any weeds, and then proceed to break up the soil to get it ready to use. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Pick the correct soil to get the best results. Depending on what kind of plants you want in your garden, the soil might or might not be adapted. You can make an artificial area that uses a single kind of soil.
Get gardening knee pads if you have low-growing plants. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. It’s true these pesticides kill the pests you don’t want, but they also lay waste to the advantageous insects that make those same pests a regular meal. 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. If this happens, you just fuel an expanding cycle of needing even more pesticides.
Be smart when you water your garden. A soaker hose will save you time because you won’t have to individually water each plant, like you do with a regular nozzle, or a can that you need to constantly refill. Keep the soaker’s water pressure at a low level, so that your tender plants will not be harmed. This allows you to leave the hose running as you go about your business.
These tips probably gave you some insight into how to enjoy organic gardening. Growing a garden the right way is a rewarding and relaxing experience. With these tips in mind, you can start growing like a pro!