Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic gardening professional.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Sod must be arranged in staggered rows; each joint should offset one another. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. 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.
Your plants will respond better to gradual changes of environment. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. The plants should be prepared to move outside permanently at the end of this week.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
Ensure you have the proper soil for the plants you have selected. Your soil may not be correct, but it depends on what sorts of plants you want to grow. You can also make an artificial plot with just one type of soil.
When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. This insect will gladly devour your tomatoes, beans, and peppers, as well as a variety of other fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
Start using these tips right away, and you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy, pollutant free organic garden in no time. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.