The more you get into it, the more you may realize that organic gardening can be a little on the complicated side. Once you have decided to garden organically, you need to learn about your soil’s pH balance, as well as things like natural pesticides. If you are a beginner, take things slowly. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
Put sod down the right way. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Thoroughly water the soil. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Start your plant in pots before you plant them in your garden. Your plants will be more likely to mature this way. This method also gives you the freedom of tightening time periods between each planting. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.
There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. 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. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
For the best results, select the right kind of soil. What plants you desire determines what type of soil you need in your garden, and whether or not it needs to be amended. You can simply use one type of soil to make an artificial area.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. If you’d like to change things up a bit this season, put away your standard clay pots and plant your lettuce and kale inside of a pumpkin instead! 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. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. The plan will also help you keep track of your more diminutive plants and smaller groups that could otherwise become lost among a sea of larger plantings.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.