Tending to an organic garden can be a highly rewarding and calming activity that anyone can participate in. Yet for someone who is just a novice, horticulture can be a really intimidating thing to think about. What is important to know about horticulture for a beginner? Well, read the following tips.
Properly put down your sod. 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. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. 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.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some climbers you plant will have to be tied off and supported, but others have no problem attaching themselves to any surface using their tendrils or twining stems If you’re looking for the most reliable varieties available, choose from clematis, wisteria, and climbing roses.
Be smart about how you water your garden. Use a type of soaker hose so that you don’t need to do individual waterings with the hose nozzle, or be refilling a watering can constantly. Keep the soaker’s water pressure at a low level, so that your tender plants will not be harmed. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.
The warmth of the day can make vegetables soft, making them more prone to damage as you pick them. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.
Try using aspirin water for fighting plant diseases. Crush and dissolve one and one-half 325mg tablets in two full gallons of plain water. You can simply spray them with the mixture to help aid them in fighting off diseases. Use this method every three weeks.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic horticulture. There is so much fun and relaxation to be had as one tries to make their garden grow properly. If you remember these tips the next time you are in the garden, you will be much more successful.