Organic horticulture is an interesting hobby and helps you get in touch with nature. The idea here is to grow healthy, great-tasting food bereft of pesticides, herbicides and other unnatural chemical enhancers. Easier said than done, right? Read on for suggestions on what you will need to start gardening like a pro.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Learn how to properly lay sod. Start by preparing your soil with care. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Just lay your tool down on the floor then lay a yardstick beside the handle. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.
Plants will respond with maximum growth if they have the amount of CO2 they require. In general, higher amounts of CO2 are related to better plant growth. Getting a greenhouse is the best way to get a higher amount. To achieve optimal growing conditions, keep the levels of carbon dioxide high in your plants’ environment.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. Rather than putting standard clay vessels into use when planting crops of lettuce and kale, think about using pumpkins instead. Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. Once this is done, you are ready to plant!
Organic gardening can be a wonderful hobby that involves a love of nature, desire for healthier living, and much patience, too. It’s an activity that lets you get in touch with nature while growing something very tasty. Being a competent organic gardener can be achieved by simply putting in some effort, and learning a few helpful tips.
Divide irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs should automatically divide in your palm, and once you put them back into the earth, they will typically flower the following year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.