The odds are fairly good that you have heard about organic foods or have seen them at the grocery store. These items are usually easy to recognize and you should be able to notice a difference in quality. It’s usually easy to identify them by the higher price tag and organic labels. Keep reading for a variety of tips and tricks for maintaining an organic garden.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Thoroughly water the soil. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. If your plants are healthy, they can more easily resist insects and disease. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.
For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. If you’d like to change things up a bit this season, put away your standard clay pots and plant your lettuce and kale inside of a pumpkin instead! Hollow out the pumpkin and spray with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rot. You can now use it to plant in, as you would a pot.
Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. This container can be placed in the soil if you prefer the look of mint in your garden, and it will continue to contain the roots of your mint and prevent it from taking over.
Do not use broad-spectrum pesticides within your garden. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. Beneficial bugs are more sensitive to these pesticides than the bugs that are detrimental to plants, so if the good bugs are eliminated, the bad pest population may grow. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
Working in your garden is an excellent way to relax yourself. You may be aware of various ways to find peaceful relaxation. Gardening is a great way to just kick back, chill out, and enjoy your time with nature. The cost is low and the reward is often high. Great satisfaction will come from raising produce and flowers in your own environment.
Dress to protect your skin from sun damage when you garden. Make sure you wear a wide brimmed hat along with sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. When you protect yourself against the sun’s rays, you are more likely to avoid both skin cancer and sunburn.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.