The main reason people decide to go organic when horticulture is that they think commercial chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizers, may degrade soil quality, harm the environment and cause long-term damage to their personal health. Also, organic horticulture can save you a lot of money. To begin your journey into the world of organic gardening, follow these tips.
Put sod down the right way. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with 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.
Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. Many times, hybrid plants tend to resist disease, and tolerate the cold weather better than their traditional counterparts, resulting in higher yields.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.
If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. This is a great and cheap way to increase the acid levels in your dirt. After doing so, you will notice that your greenery and garden will be colorful and fresh.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. If you’ve got tender shrubs which are potted, you need to protect them from cold weather. Fasten the tops of the canes together, and cover this wigwam loosely with a cloth. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Make sure that you divide your irises! Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Set your cuttings into the ground right away.
Putting the advice you just learned to use in your organic garden will help you realize several benefits, including having healthy plants and a reduction in toxins. As your garden starts to become more attuned with nature, you will also see it attracting more wildlife.