Organic produce is both nutritious and tasty, far surpassing the typical supermarket selection of fruits and vegetables. Why not save your money and grown your own veggies? Read on so you know what it takes to create a thriving organic garden.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. They can make a handy, gap-filler between shrubs and perennials located in sunny areas. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.
Learn how to properly lay sod. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
While caring for your garden in the fall, you will want to keep a lookout for stinkbugs. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties. If left uncontrolled, they can cause substantial damage in your garden, so make plans for how to protect your plants from these pests.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
If you’re working to build a sustainable organic garden, try leaving a portion of your garden untouched so that the wildlife will be able to thrive. The kind of birds and insects needed for pollination will be naturally present on your property and help with your organic garden.
Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
Just as when outside, plants kept inside need varying degrees of sunlight, which can be harder to obtain from indoors. If you live somewhere without strong natural sunlight, you might want to look into growing plants that thrive in lower-light environments. Otherwise, you could simply use your own lights.
It is important to choose the right type of soil if you want to achieve the best results. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of soil.
Preparing a plot for planting a perennial garden can be done quickly and without difficulty. Simply use a spade or small shovel to get under the grass or turf and flip it over. Then, using wood chips, cover the area to a depth of three or four inches. Let this sit for a couple weeks, next dig into it to plant your new plants.
Stop purchasing pesticide sprayed, genetically modified produce. Use the tips you just read to start growing your own organic fruits and vegetables.
Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. Bury a single glass jar with the open mouth level with your soil in the garden. Fill the jar with beer about an inch lower than the top. Beer is especially attractive to slugs; they will lured to it and trapped.