The more you get into it, the more you may realize that organic gardening can be a little on the complicated side. There are so many things to consider, such as proper pH balance, natural but effective pesticides, adequate sunlight and water supplies and so on. Organic gardening is way harder than traditional gardening for beginners. If you want your organic garden to be a success, read the tips presented here.
Lay sod properly. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
Learn about plant varieties so you can choose the ones with the best yields. Many times, hybrid plants tend to resist disease, and tolerate the cold weather better than their traditional counterparts, resulting in higher yields.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
In the cold winter months, you can salvage certain plants by bringing them into the house. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.
Apply organic mulch generously around your vegetable plants. Mulch has a nice moisturizing effect on the soil it’s spread over. It can also prevent weeds from growing. This will save you a ton of time and work.
Learn the proper way to handle chemicals, and the right way to use garden tools. If you don’t pay good attention, you could wind up with skin irritations or other issues. So make sure you take precautions, follow the simple directions and be safe.
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.