In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Properly lay your sod. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. The soil should be adequately moistened. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. 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.
Put down sod correctly. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
Use annuals and biennials to enliven your flower beds. Fast growing biennials and annuals will brighten a garden and permit you to change looks from one season to another. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Be sure to split the irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. When foliage is dead, lift bulbous irises. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
You don’t need expensive chemicals to treat powdery mildew on plants. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
With the above information in hand, you now know a little bit about what is needed to succeed as an organic gardener. Even the best information needs to be implemented correctly, however, so be very cognizant of that fact. You can use whatever information you find useful when you create your own beautiful organic garden.
Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. The organic mulch will keep moisture in the soil for a little longer. It will also prevent weeds from popping up around your plants. You’ll find this is a time saver since you won’t have to pull them later.