Depending on the effort you put into it, an organic garden can be a great pleasure or a great pain. Continue on for some good tips that will help you succeed in organic horticulture.
Sod should be laid correctly. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.
Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. Healthy soil encourages vigorous plant growth and makes your garden more resistant to common diseases and insects. So give your garden a kick start by beginning with a healthy batch of natural and organic soil.
When autumn has arrived, you must plant everything you want to eat before winter. Rather than putting standard clay vessels into use when planting crops of lettuce and kale, think about using pumpkins instead. When you have finished cutting and cleaning the pumpkin, spray it with some liquid that will stave off wilting to keep it from rotting. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
A great garden starts from the seeds and not from the plants. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. Many nurseries use plastic growing pots that are very seldom recycled. Try buying from organic nurseries and farms so your garden is not using anti-environmental products.
Protect the soil around your vegetable plants with an inch or two of organic mulch. The soil around plants can stay damper through the use of mulch. This is also efficient in preventing weeds from growing. This will save you tons of time from pulling out tons of weeds.
Pest control is tough when you have a veggie garden. While chemicals can help with pest control, you should avoid using overly harsh ones, as veggies you grow in your garden are meant for eating. Frequently check your garden for pests. If you happen to notice them early on, you can control them just by physically removing them from your plants with your hands.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. You will then find that the wildlife that can help you create a garden that can flourish become present; from birds to insects, they’ll be around your garden and help your produce grow better.
As you’ve read, there is more to doing organic gardening than many think. You may have to put in a fair amount of effort, but at the end of the day you will have a wonderful garden. By using the advice you learned here, you will be well on the path to becoming an organic horticulture pro.