Organic gardening can yield many healthy benefits, but figuring out how to prepare it properly can be a challenge. There are hundreds of different seeds at your disposal. Here are a few tips and techniques you can use to get started in your own organic garden.
Properly lay your sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. The cost of the analysis will be easily offset by the benefits of a healthy and vibrant crop.
It is very important to keep the weeds from taking over in your garden. Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. White vinegar can be used as a natural herbicide. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Try spraying some white vinegar in water when you are pulling weeds from your garden.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. When you do this you allow air to flow and circulate which can actually prevent rotting, this method is great and better than just wrapping your plant in some plastic.
A set of comfortable knee pads makes a great investment if your garden is full of plant material that stays low to the ground. Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable; you don’t want to finish every gardening session with aching, throbbing knees. Wear knee pads meant for gardeners so that you’ll be more comfortable when kneeling in your garden.
A well-cared for organic garden can enhance the beauty of your property and be a source of dietary nutrition. Knowing what and when to plant is also something to keep in mind. Use the tips and advice presented here to get the most of your organic garden. It can be a source of pleasure for years to come.