In the world of organic horticulture, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Learn how to properly lay sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Break the soil into fine tilth and make sure you remove any weeds as well. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. 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 shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. If you have healthy looking plants, they are stronger and more resistant to diseases and bugs. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
If you see mildew that is powdery, stay away from expensive chemicals to treat it. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
CO2 is essential for growth. Often, plants achieve better growth when they are surrounded by high levels of CO2. A greenhouse will provide plants with an environment rich in carbon dioxide. CO2 levels are best kept high, in order to provide optimal growing conditions for your plants.
When it’s autumn, you know what that means. It’s time to plant fall vegetables! This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. After this is completed, it is time to plant!
When mowing your lawn do not cut it as short as possible. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
The tips in this article should give you an idea of the effort and determination required to create a successful organic garden. There is a lot of information to be had and you need to know how to apply it. If you keep this information in mind, you should be able to grow a great organic garden in no time.