One of the tenets of organic gardening is to focus on the garden and to tend it well. Gardeners need to use all the information they can to create and tend to their organic garden. While the garden itself is important, your real goal is to grow great tasting produce that is healthy and does no harm to the environment or the consumer. So, take heed of this advice so that your organic garden is the one that shines.
Put down sod correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Water the sod each day for two weeks so it will become well-rooted and ready for foot traffic.
Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. This also helps tighten time between plantings. Your seedlings will be ready to be planted when you remove your old mature plants.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
Use both biennials and annuals to add color to your flower bed. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. You can also use these flowers to fill gaps between shrubs or perennials. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. If you have weeds in your garden, it will not be as nice as it could be. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. White vinegar is a weed killer! By placing a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle, you can spray the weeds away instead of having to pull them out manually.
Start peas inside in a container, rather than planting the seeds outdoors. Seeds that are planted indoors will enjoy superior germination. You will also have hardy seedlings that will be able to resist disease and pests much better. Once the seedlings are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted to their rightful place in the garden.
Learn the ideal times for harvesting your vegetables. Every vegetable has a proper time to be picked in order to capture the perfect flavor. Some vegetables are best when fully ripe and others taste better when harvested early in their development. By contrast, it’s best to wait until tomatoes are fully ripe before picking them. Simply educate yourself on what the best time is to harvest each of your garden vegetables.
An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. Tea and coffee grounds can also serve as acidifiers in the soil of your gardenias or rhododendrons. Chamomile tea applied to plants can be an effective remedy for fungus problems.
Organic gardening makes a huge difference in the taste and freshness of your produce. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.