If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic gardening may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. Additionally, most organic gardening techniques cost very little money. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Thoroughly water the soil. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Water your sod daily for a fortnight, which is enough time for it to root and be able to withstand foot traffic.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.
Plants that climb can hide fences and walls. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
When autumn has arrived, you must plant everything you want to eat before winter. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! Once you’ve cut its top and scooped the insides out, spray the edges and inside with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rotting. After this is completed, it is time to plant!
Protect your plants from moisture on a daily basis. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. To control fungi, use a fungicide spray on the area before you notice any problems.
Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. You can even plant the container in the ground. That way, the roots won’t be able to escape the container, and the plant won’t overrun your garden.
If you use this advice concerning organic gardening, you will have a healthier yard in no time. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.