Organic gardening is wonderfully therapeutic and anyone can enjoy it. Yet for someone who is just a novice, gardening can be a really intimidating thing to think about. So, how does a novice learn more about gardening? If so, keep reading. You are only minutes away from becoming a better gardener.
Properly put down your sod. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Be sure to get rid of any weeds, and then proceed to break up the soil to get it ready to use. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Water the soil until it is saturated. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. Your plants will be more likely to survive if you do this. In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. As soon as the mature plants are removed, you can replace them with fresh seedlings.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. When you finish this, you can plant!
Both cat grass and wheat grass are good for giving your errant feline pause. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
For areas with high alkaline, mix coffee grounds into the soil. Using coffee grounds is a low-cost way to increase the acidity of the soil. When you can eliminate excess alkaline from the soil, it makes what you are growing much healthier. This means your veggies will taste better, and your flowers will be more vibrant than ever.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
Fertilize your garden regularly. Manure can help your plants grow quickly, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens. You have many different choices for fertilizer; choose whichever is best-suited to your plants but definitely use one.
These tips probably gave you some insight into how to enjoy organic gardening. Having a properly grown garden can be fun and relaxing. If you remember these tips the next time you are in the garden, you will be much more successful.