Gardening can seem complicated at first, if you do not know what you are doing. If you choose to follow the natural gardening route, you may need to learn about factors, such as the soil’s pH balance and natural ways to fight off garden pests. If you are a beginner, take things slowly. Use the tips below to grow like a pro.
Sod should be laid correctly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Thoroughly water the soil. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Beginning your garden with healthy soil is your first defense against pests! Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Pull all the weeds in your garden. Weeds can turn a thriving garden into a total wasteland. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. If you don’t want to take the time to remove the weeds by hand, simply spray them with a white vinegar solution.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. If you’d like to change things up a bit this season, put away your standard clay pots and plant your lettuce and kale inside of a pumpkin instead! Once you’ve cut its top and scooped the insides out, spray the edges and inside with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rotting. You can start planting now.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. This way, you will remember the places you planted your seeds when they start sprouting. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Try planting berry-bearing evergreens in your yard. These plants will look good year-round, even during the winter, when your other plants have lost their bloom. Some examples include Holly, Snowberry trees, Winterberry and similar plants.
Get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool to work in your garden. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Gardening also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.
Always protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors working in the garden; you can do this by wearing clothes that will shield you from the sun. Make sure you wear a wide brimmed hat along with sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the sun will lower the possibility of sunburn and skin cancer.
One way to create a great organic garden is to allow for a portion of your yard to be undeveloped for wildlife. Wildlife can help the plants in your garden to thrive, as insects support plant reproduction, while the excrement of many species contains nutrients which can help to fertilize your soil.
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.