Although organic gardening holds great appeal to most people, many never really try it out for themselves. The thought of starting a garden can be intimidating for many people, due to the fact that it is not something a lot of people are familiar with, and it does seem complicated. Follow the advice in this article to make organic gardening a simple and fun activity.
Make sure to lay the sod properly. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Remove weeds and break your soil until all the clumps are gone. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants. Carefully loosen the dirt around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot filled with the same soil.
You can use boiling water to get rid of weeds naturally. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
Be sure to split the irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. After the foliage dies, pick up bulbous irises. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.
If you are gardening for the first time ever, read and follow all directions and instructions that come with your chemicals and tools. If you fail to do this, you could cause yourself all sorts of injuries, the most common of which is irritated skin. So make sure you take precautions, follow the simple directions and be safe.
Reading these tips probably cleared up some of the questions you had about organic gardening. Hopefully, it made organic gardening seem less intimidating. You will enjoy wholesome fruits and vegetables fresh from your chemical-free garden.