Organic gardening is very relaxing and will help you connect with nature. It is an activity that has a goal of growing fresh, nutritious food that is free of pesticides. It might sound easy, but is it? The following hints and tips can help you grow your own organic garden easily and successfully.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. Dampen the soil completely. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.
Transform your gardening tool handles into clever measurement rulers. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials with hairy, tough leaves as well as those with unpleasant taste are not appetizing to snails and slugs. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. If you have healthy looking plants, they are stronger and more resistant to diseases and bugs. 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.
When gardening, be sure to look closely for stink bug infestation, especially during Autumn. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties. Stink bugs may get out of hand and do significant damage in your garden. It is important to take steps to eliminate them from that area.
The hobby of organic gardening requires patience and effort, with a little help from Mother Nature. This wonderful past time uses land to produce delicious foods for your table. By using these tips and giving some effort, you can be a skilled organic gardener.