Lots of people grow organically due to their concerns about the harmful effects of all the different pesticides and commercial fertilizers on the environment and their health. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Use a bright permanent marker and label the distances. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Starting a garden which is pest-free is easy, if you have healthy soil. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. These fast growth plants make flower beds vibrant, and they let you alter the appearance seasonally and annually. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Some plants to get you started include petunia, marigold, sunflower, rudbekcia, and cosmos.
For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. The soil may have to be adapted, depending on what types of plants you’re planning for the garden. You can also make an artificial area using only one type of soil.
Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. Shrubs in pots especially need special care in the colder 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.
You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. Slugs stay away from marigolds and onions when they are planted in a garden. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Learn the best harvest time for each vegetable. Each kind of vegetable should be picked at a specific point for maximum flavor. Peas, for instance, should be harvested rather young if you wish to obtain the best flavors and texture. In contrast, tomatoes are best when left on the vine as long as possible. Take some time to learn about the best harvest time for the vegetables that you have growing.
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. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.