The main reason people decide to go organic when gardening is that they think commercial chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizers, may degrade soil quality, harm the environment and cause long-term damage to their personal health. Also, the majority of organic gardening strategies require very little money. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find some suggestions that will help you make the most of your garden.
Always allow your plants to adapt gradually to any changes in light conditions, temperatures or soils, if you do not, you might shock them and cause them to die. Try to place them in the new area for a couple of hours at a time the first day. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. After a few more days, your plants will be more resistant and ready to stay outside all the time.
Sod should be laid properly. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that 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. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
To prevent your plants from getting shocked by a big change, get them gradually used to climate and temperature changes. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. You can use them between the gaps in shrubs and perennials where there is plenty of sun. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
When dealing with any type of seeds in gardening, it’s important that you soak them overnight in a cool, dark location. Place a couple of seeds in a tiny container, and fill it with water nearly to the top. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
Grow wheat or cat grass in the area around the plants that your cat is eating. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
Once you start to actually apply what you learned from this article you can start growing a prosperous and healthy organic garden in your own back yard for the future. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you leave some of the grass when you mow, the roots grow further into the ground, which makes the grass less prone to drying and other hazards. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.