Most people have heard about or seen organic foods. It’s easy to tell which items are certified organic by the USDA. They come is special packaging and they are usually a lot more expensive than their non-organic counterparts. You can cut the store out of the equation and save a lot of money by planting your own patch of organic vegetables in the back yard!
Put down sod correctly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Sod must be arranged in staggered rows; each joint should offset one another. Make sure the sod is firmly placed to ensure a surface that is sufficiently flat and even. Also, make sure to use soil to fill the areas where there are gaps in the sod. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. The clay easily slides off the surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some need to be tied to a support, whereas certain climbers attach themselves to a surface with tendrils or twining stems. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
In the cold winter months, you can salvage certain plants by bringing them into the house. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Carefully dig around the rootball and replant in an appropriate pot.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. The cost of the analysis will be easily offset by the benefits of a healthy and vibrant crop.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin, scoop out the inside, and spray the entire thing with Wilt-Proof. This will prevent rotting. Once this is done, you are ready to plant!
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.