Starting and maintaining an organic garden requires a lot of patience, and an affinity for growing plants. Gardening is a hobby which can grow healthy produce that is pesticide free. Easier than it sounds though, correct? The advice in this article will give you all you need to start growing your own organic food.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.
When mowing the lawn, don’t mow the grass all the way down to the root. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. Short grass on the other hand is more susceptible to drying out.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. Stunt their growth a little by planting your mint into a garden container or large pot instead. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.
Make sure that you divide your irises! Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant them immediately.
Organic gardening takes patience and hard work. The rewards are healthy, delicious foods without the harsh chemicals of today’s corporate farming practices. To transform yourself into a successful organic gardener, simply follow our tips and put in a bit of effort!