You are ready to grow a healthy organic garden. The timing is perfect, and it is time for you to begin. Listed below are some tips that will help you get started with your organic gardening aspirations.
Learn how to properly lay sod. Start by preparing your soil with care. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. A great home remedy is to mix baking soda with water and a little bit of liquid soap. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
If you’re planning on gardening, carefully watch for stink bugs! You should be particularly careful during Autumn. Stink bugs prefer peppers, beans, tomatoes, and various varieties of fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
Bulbs are a great option for people who want to enjoy spring and summer flowers. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. Weed roots will suffer harm from boiling water, and this will probably stop them from growing more.
Start your garden by planting seed in small pots. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Seeds eliminate the waste of plastic containers from nurseries which rarely get recycled. There are some nurseries, however, that send their plants out in organic potting materials.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants. There are a wide variety of fertilizing options available, although which type you use is not that important; just make sure to use something.
With all of these ideas, you should be ready to excel at organic gardening. If you thought that you were ready before, well you should now be an expert! These tips will have hopefully given you the tips you need to grow a organic garden.