You are going to try your hand at organic gardening. The time to do it is now. Below are some excellent ideas to help you begin down the road to an exceptional organic garden.
Lay sod properly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. Water the soil until it is saturated. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. 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. 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.
Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. On the first day, put them out in sunlight for about an hour or so. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
You can alleviate this problem by planting grasses that your cat will naturally gravitate towards. It may also work to add citrus peelings or mothballs to the soil of the plants, because the odor is unpleasant to cats.
If your plants have a powdery mildew, don’t use expensive chemicals on them. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
If you want to grow vegetables in you backyard, it is vital that you place them in an area where they could get roughly six hours of sun on a daily basis. Most vegetables that can be grown need that much sun to grow well and quickly. This is true of some flowers.
Keep your plants thriving through the winter by bringing them inside. You may want to save the most beautiful or expensive ones. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
Your plants need to be kept dry, but sill receiving a good amount of air. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. Fungi is very common. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.
Plants will respond with maximum growth if they have the amount of CO2 they require. More CO2 generally produces more luxurious plant growth. The best way to get a high level is to plant them in a greenhouse. A greenhouse will help maintain a high level of CO2 and cause the plants to grow faster.
Divide your irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant immediately.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. These are hearty choices, choices that will reward you for years despite the little effort that is involved in their care. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. Spending time on the ground is rough on the knees, a portable and light stool can help make horticulture easier. Because horticulture means transporting a lot of heavy things, a wheelbarrow will also come in handy.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. It is wise to limit the use of harsh chemicals, because the vegetables will be eaten. One way that you can help control garden pests is to remain vigilant. If you catch them early, you can take them off the plants by hand.
Start peas inside in a container, rather than planting the seeds outdoors. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. It will create heartier seedlings, which means they will more easily resist the pests and diseases they will encounter in an outdoor environment. Once the seedlings have become hardy enough to survive, you can transplant them to your outdoor garden.
Now you should have more information about organic gardening. If you thought you were prepared previously, then you should be at a pro’s level now! The tips included here will help you create the most beautiful and abundant organic garden you can, so enjoy!
Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. They offer terrific color during the dreariest times of the year when nothing else you have planted has any hue remaining. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.