You must have both patience and skill to grow an organic garden. This hobby can help you grow food that is free of pesticides. Easier than it sounds though, correct? Check out the tips laid out below to learn what you must do to begin horticulture organically like a professional.
You will need to properly lay sod. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. The soil should be adequately moistened. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig the plant up without damaging the roots and place it a big enough pot.
A certain amount of CO2 is necessary for plants to maximize their growth potential. A major portion of plants grow their best in an environment with a saturated level of CO2. Growing plants in a greenhouse is the best way to contain CO2 for use by your plants. CO2 levels are usually kept high to get the best growing situation for your plants.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
Vegetables should be planted in an area where they will get a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Many veggies require this amount to properly grow at a faster pace. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.
Place a two inch layer of organic mulch at the base of your tall vegetable plants. The organic mulch will keep moisture in the soil for a little longer. It can also prevent weeds from growing. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.
Be smart about how you water your garden. A soaker hose can save valuable time by watering all of your plants simultaneously, removing the need for hauling a watering can or hose around to each plant. Turn the water pressure on low so the soaker hose will not harm tender plants. Let it water your garden for a few hours, so you’re available to do other stuff.
Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. This will help to cover the scents that are attracting the dog, and make it less of an appealing place for your dog to be.
Organic horticulture uses nature, hard work and patience to support a great hobby. The rewards are healthy, delicious foods without the harsh chemicals of today’s corporate farming practices. If you put your mind to it, you could become an excellent organic gardener.