Gardening is a complex process. You will need to take closer care of your garden if you choose to grow organically, but there are many tools to help you. If you are inexperienced with gardening, making the switch to organic methods may be a challenge for you. You won’t be a beginner for long if you put the tips you are about to learn to use.
Sod should be laid correctly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
Plant slug-proof perennials. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. These fast growing flowers let you change how your flower bed looks season to season. These kinds of flowers are also excellent for filling in gaps between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
Stinkbugs can be a nuisance in the garden. These bugs are known to be proliferate in the cooler fall months. These bugs like to eat beans, peppers, tomatoes, and many kinds of fruits. If they are left in the garden, they can do great damage to your plants, so you should do whatever you can to eliminate them.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. When this is finished, you are now ready to plant.
Before you plant a garden you should plan it out. Having a planting plan will help you correctly identify the young plants once they start to sprout. It can also keep you from planting any of your garden favorites too close to each other.
Keep your fragile shrubs protected from the winter weather. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. Slugs stay away from marigolds and onions when they are planted in a garden. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.