The main reason people decide to go organic when gardening is that they think commercial chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizers, may degrade soil quality, harm the environment and cause long-term damage to their personal health. Also, most methods of organic gardening are fairly inexpensive. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
Put sod down the right way. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Start your seedlings in pots inside and then transplant them into your garden. This really increases the survival rate of young plants. In addition, it offers you a smaller time frame between plantings. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Achillea, euphorbia, helleborus, heuchera and campanula are good choices that slugs don’t like.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Drop some seeds into a small glass or other container, and fill it with water. This will allow your seeds to be hydrated and get a head start when growing. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Make a plan for your garden. Doing so means you can remember where each particular plant is when you start seeing sprouts arise from the earth. A good plan can also help you to place each plant in the area that is most beneficial to them.
Try growing your peas indoors for the first couple months. Seeds will always germinate much better when you first plant them indoors initially. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. Once the seedlings have become hardy enough to survive, you can transplant them to your outdoor garden.
If you start implementing the organic gardening advice included in this article today, you can look forward to having a healthy, productive, toxic-free garden in the near future. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.