A lot of people want to grow their own organic garden, yet neglect to do so because they aren’t sure where to start. It can seem like a daunting task to learn all that it takes to have a successful garden the natural way. However, the following article contains many hints and tips that can simplify the process and help you turn that daunting idea into an enjoyable hobby.
Properly lay your sod. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda will bring no damage to your plants, and will treat the mildew in a gentle and efficient manner.
It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Choose the plants that are most likely to survive. Always be careful when digging around the roots, and put the plant in a suitable pot.
Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. 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.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container 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. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
Your plants need to be kept dry, but sill receiving a good amount of air. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. You can control fungi with the application of fungicide sprays. However, the area should be treated before you see the onset of any problems.
Split up the irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. The iris bulbs should easily split apart in your hand. Once you replant them, they will have a good flower show the following year. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
The information you’ve been given in this article should have done a great deal to ease any apprehension that you have about starting your own organic garden. Start applying some of the tips presented above, and in the near future, you could have your very own productive organic garden.