Organic gardening and holistic lifestyles go hand in hand. It makes sense that people who make the choice to live this way can benefit from organic gardening. Read through this article to learn what you need to do when it comes to organic gardening.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. By waxing the shovel head, the clay will not be able to adhere to the surface.
Select plants that produce a relatively high yield. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Snails and slugs can do irreparable damage to your garden in a single night. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. 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.
For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. Depending on what type of plants you have, your soil may or may not be adapted. You can designate one area of your garden to use one specific type of soil.
Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will give your seeds a healthy head start in the growth process. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
Be sure to split the irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
With more knowledge comes a higher level of skill and success. Keep in mind that the tips you have read are just the beginning point.