TIP! When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod.

One great way to improve your diet and give yourself a fun an interesting hobby is to plant an organic garden. It does require some effort, in order to grow, though. Perhaps you are unsure of the benefits of organic horticulture, or you are unsure how to get your garden started.

TIP! Select plants that produce a relatively high yield. A lot of times a hybrid that will tolerate cold weather or disease will give you a higher output than heirlooms.

Sod should be laid correctly. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. 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. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.

TIP! You must be sure to remove all of the weeds that grow in your garden. Weeds steal nutrients from plants, robbing a garden of its potential harvest.

So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. If you do this correctly, the plants should be able to make their final move at the end of a week’s time.

Clay Soil

TIP! If you are considering planting a garden take the time to plan it out. This way, you will remember the places you planted your seeds when they start sprouting.

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.

Learn about plant varieties so you can choose the ones with the best yields. Normally, hybrid plants that are disease-resistant and cold-tolerant have a greater yield than traditional varieties.

TIP! Avoid damage from the sun by dressing correctly when you garden. Put on some sunglasses, sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.

Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. If there are gaps between the perennials and shrubs you have planted in a sunlit area, try filling those gaps with annuals and biennials. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.

TIP! When gardening, it is critical to shield your knees as much as possible. It’s difficult for most people to bend while standing, especially at the waist.

You can use boiling water to get rid of weeds naturally. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. 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. Boiling water is not good for the weed roots and will stunt further growth.

TIP! You should add a two to three inch layer of organic mulch to your flower bed. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture.

Divide your irises. You can get more irises by dividing the overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. Divide rhizomes with a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant each one immediately.

TIP! Pine needles make a great organic mulch. Some garden plants are high in acidity, and do better with acidic soil.

In order to start the best garden possible, remember that you should always start with the seeds and not pre-purchased plants. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.

TIP! For the best results when growing an organic garden, you should shake your seeds up a little bit. After planted, make sure you agitate the seeds at least twice daily, using your fingers or even a Popsicle stick.

In conclusion, creating and maintaining an organic garden requires hard work, effort and research. It is also important to understand that positive results require continued work; your efforts will not be a one time only thing. If you keep all these suggestions in mind, you have taken the right steps towards becoming a successful organic gardener.

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