Many people think of starting an organic garden, but few actually go out and do it. It can be intimidating to someone who does not know anything about organic gardening. Read this article for some tips and tricks you can use to break this challenge down into something you can handle and even enjoy.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Sod must be arranged in staggered rows; each joint should offset one another. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. On the first day, put them out in sunlight for about an hour or so. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. To give your garden the best chance of yielding the healthiest plants, start with a high-quality soil that has fewer chemicals which over time will accumulate salts.
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Clay pots are boring, so replace those ordinary lettuce and kale pots with pumpkins. Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
Grow heather so that you can attract useful insects. Bees will go straight for these plants in the spring. Heather beds are typically left untouched, which is why helpful little critters like ground beetles and spiders call them home. For this reason, you should always remember to put on your gardening gloves when tending to your heather.
If little ones live in your home, consider including everbearing strawberries in the garden plot. For kids, there are few things as fun as picking fruit fresh from the garden. Your children will be much more interesting in helping out if they know they’ll get to enjoy some tasty strawberries.
If you keep these various tips in mind, gardening should not be so daunting. It is relatively easy to have an organic garden, that you can show off with pride. Soon you can have fresh, environmentally-friendly fruits and vegetables on your table.