Many people, while favorably considering the practice, never actually commit themselves to organic gardening. The complexity of it and unfamiliarity with gardening is daunting and even intimidating to many. However, the following article contains many hints and tips that can simplify the process and help you turn that daunting idea into an enjoyable hobby.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. 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. 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.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Find some plants that will give you a higher yield. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
Take all of the weeds out of your landscaping! Weeds can kill a precious garden. Try using white vinegar to get rid of weeds. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! Apply it full strength to any areas where weeds are a problem.
If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. With it, you will find that your greens and vegetables will be more vibrant and tasty!
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. Mulch will retain water so that you won’t have to water your plants as often. This also helps reduce the appearance of weeds. This will save you time, money, and effort in your lovely garden.
Be sure to buy a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool that you can use for your garden. It is important to protect your knees when you are kneeling in the garden, and a foam kneeling pad will help with that. There is also a lot of heavy lifting involved with gardening, so a good wheelbarrow is a great tool to have around.
Once you know more about organic gardening, getting started should not be so intimidating. Incorporate the knowledge you have gained here and apply it to your own garden, and soon you will have a kitchen filled with delicious meals.