Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. Yet for someone who is just a novice, gardening can be a really intimidating thing to think about. So, how can you best prepare yourself as a novice organic gardener? They should read this article, obviously!
Properly lay your sod. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Thoroughly water the soil. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. These fast growth plants make flower beds vibrant, and they let you alter the appearance seasonally and annually. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.
Use climbers to cover walls and fences. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
When winter arrives, transfer a few plants into the house for safe storage during the cold weather. Choose the plants that are most likely to survive. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.
Make sure you remove the weeds from your garden! Weeds can turn a thriving garden into a total wasteland. To help with weed destruction, use white vinegar. White vinegar is natural, very inexpensive, and can really kill the weeds! Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
Learn the ideal times for harvesting your vegetables. Different veggies have different windows of time in which they should be picked; it is during this period that the vegetable is most flavorful. For instance, zucchini and baby peas will taste a lot better if you pick them when they are young. Tomatoes, in contrast, taste better the longer they are allowed to ripen on the vine. Simply educate yourself on what the best time is to harvest each of your garden vegetables.
When horticulture, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides can also kill useful insects that eat your pests. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. When this happens, you will spray another round of pesticides to get rid of the pests, thus creating a never-ending cycle for yourself.
It should now be clear to you why so many people find organic gardening enjoyable. Horticulture can be an immensely rewarding hobby. Use these tips to get your organic garden up and running in no time.