Organic gardening doesn’t have to be grueling work. Indeed, it can be quite enjoyable. Yet for someone who is just a novice, gardening can be a really intimidating thing to think about. How should a novice gardener get started? Well, read the following tips.
Put down sod correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Be sure to get rid of any weeds, and then proceed to break up the soil to get it ready to use. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. This is true of some flowers.
If you have many low-growing plants in your garden, get yourself a pair of gardening knee pads. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. Having a good pair of knee pads will cushion your knees in comfort.
When planting anything, think about planting for color so that you have something to enjoy in the fall. It doesn’t have to be that way! When it comes to vivid foliage, autumn offers the best opportunity to view it. There are a number of trees that provide exuberant displays of color, such as Dogwood, Beech and Maple. When selecting shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea, or cotoneaster.
Planting organic strawberries is a great way to encourage your children to get involved. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time. Explain every step to your child and he or she will hang on to your every word.
If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. Doing this will allow creatures that help plants to produce and pollinate to continue their actions, which will have a positive effect on the garden you develop.
After your seeds have sprouted, heat lamps are not needed. As your plants grow, you will want to put a little distance between them and heat. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. Observe your seeds carefully so that you can make these changes as soon as they start sprouting.
Hopefully, the reasons for organic gardening’s wide appeal are now clear. Growing a garden the right way is a rewarding and relaxing experience. Using what you’ve learned here will help you sow your organic garden.