More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Additionally, most organic gardening techniques cost very little money. This article will provide some great tips for organic gardening.
Make sure to lay the sod properly. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with 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.
There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
When winter arrives, you can save some plants by placing them in your home. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.
Balance your alkaline soil with the acid found in used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are an affordable means of adding acid to the soil so that it is pH-balanced. This will allow your vegetables and greenery to really thrive.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. Boiling water can be considered as an herbicide, and it is a safe one. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. What this does it essentially kill the weeds by damaging their roots. The result is that those weeds are unlikely to regrow.
Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.
If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. The vegetables are intended to be eaten, thus you should refrain from using harsh pesticides and chemicals. There is only one way to effectively control pests in your garden, and that is to stay vigilant in your efforts. If you catch them when there are only a few around, you can actually pick them off the plants by hand.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. In addition, you will notice more wildlife that congregates around your garden. You can be one with nature! Start planning your garden today.