More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Also, the majority of organic gardening strategies require very little money. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. 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.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Have a marker handy, and mark the distance with it. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Instead, combine baking soda with water and liquid soap. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
In a dark area, pre-soak your seeds overnight. Take 3-4 seeds, put them in a small jar or container, and cover them with water. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
If your gardening plans include pea plantings, try starting them off indoors rather than planting the raw seeds in outdoor beds. If you give them a chance to grow indoors where they are protected, they will germinate better. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
If you start implementing the organic horticulture advice included in this article today, you can look forward to having a healthy, productive, toxic-free garden in the near future. Planting a natural garden also encourages wildlife to enjoy your garden, and this even benefits the plants growing within.