Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for many people around the world, but doing it organically is even more rewarding. However, for someone who does not have any experience with horticulture, the thought of starting, or maintaining, a garden can be intimidating. So, how should a beginning organic gardener learn the basics? Reviewing the advice that follows would be a good place to begin!
Put down sod correctly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Water the sod each day for two weeks so it will become well-rooted and ready for foot traffic.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. Your plants will be more likely to mature this way. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
Regular weeding is essential to the health of any garden. Weeds can turn a beautiful garden into an eyesore. To help with the removal, you can use white vinegar. Use it instead of chemical solutions to kill weeds. Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. Using coffee grounds is a low-cost way to increase the acidity of the soil. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. If you have tender shrubs in pots, they need to be protected in the cold weather. Tie together the tops. Once the canes are snugly together, put a sheet over the wigwam. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. Horticulture can be very tough on your knees, so a kneeling stool that is ergonomic and lightweight can make things much more comfortable and enjoyable. In addition, maintaining a garden typically means moving around heavy dirt and other objects, which makes buying a wheelbarrow a very smart purchase.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. This particular type of pesticide will also kill the useful insects that consume the pests. The helpful insects in your garden can be highly sensitive to pesticides and if their population goes down, the harmful insect population will grow. If this happens, you just fuel an expanding cycle of needing even more pesticides.
Hopefully, the reasons for organic gardening’s wide appeal are now clear. It provides so much opportunity for relaxation in a soothing environment and so much reward when the garden flourishes. By applying the advice and insights of this article, you can garden as good as the professionals.