Many people get into organic gardening since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Also, most methods of organic gardening are fairly inexpensive. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. The soil should be adequately moistened. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Water your sod daily for a fortnight, which is enough time for it to root and be able to withstand foot traffic.
Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
Do not mow your lawn close to the bottom. Cutting your grass at a taller height allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which helps lessen the chance of your lawn drying out easily. Cutting your grass too short will cause it to dry out and turn brown in patches throughout your yard.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. In contrast to wrapping the plant with plastic, this method promotes air circulation, which stops the plant from rotting.
Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.
To give them a boost, pour out any leftover water from steaming or boiling vegetables on the plants or soil around them. Tea and coffee grounds can be used to add acidity to your soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.
Once you start to actually apply what you learned from this article you can start growing a prosperous and healthy organic garden in your own back yard for the future. Planting a natural garden also encourages wildlife to enjoy your garden, and this even benefits the plants growing within.