One good way to have a steady supply of healthy, fresh vegetable is to develop an organic garden. It does take some time and effort, though. When it comes to seeds, there are many to pick from. Here are a few tips and techniques you can use to get started in your own organic garden.
Make sure to lay the sod properly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Break the soil into fine tilth and make sure you remove any weeds as well. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. The soil should be adequately moistened. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. Water the sod each day for two weeks so it will become well-rooted and ready for foot traffic.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. Begin with a high-quality soil with less chemicals to avoid salt accumulation, and you give your garden an excellent chance of growing healthy plants.
If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. There are many varieties you can choose from. Honeysuckle, climbing roses and jasmine are among the best.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
The importance of organic food in your diet cannot be understated, although achieving this in your own backyard can be challenging. Familiarizing yourself with the advice provided in this article is a great way to start your organic garden or improve your organic gardening techniques. Make your garden as valuable as it can be for your family.