Many people get into organic gardening since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Also, many organic gardening techniques are quite inexpensive. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find some suggestions that will help you make the most of your garden.
If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Start by preparing your soil with care. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Water the soil until it is saturated. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. 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.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
The correct soil can make a big difference in how your garden grows. The soil may have to be adapted, depending on what types of plants you’re planning for the garden. For special requirements, you can build separate areas with soil that is right for certain plants.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
If you are going to be doing some gardening, watch out for stink bugs, especially in the fall! Stinkbugs are most prevalent on tomatoes, beans and peppers. They can do serious damage in your garden, so look for an effective method of reducing their population.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. After this is completed, it is time to plant!
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.
If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. Using coffee grounds is a low-cost way to increase the acidity of the soil. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.