Many individuals prefer organic gardening, as they fear the possible long-term effects on their health as well as the environment from the many commercial pesticides and fertilizers that are used. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. These tips will get you right into the swing of organic horticulture and improve your skill in no time.
Sod should be laid properly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.
Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. As soon as the mature plants are removed, you can replace them with fresh seedlings.
Beginning your garden with healthy soil is your first defense against pests! The healthier the plants you grow, the more resistant they’ll be to illness, fungus, or bugs. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
Use the correct type of soil for best results. You may need to alter the kind of soil you use based on the types of plants you intend to grow. You can also make an artificial area with one variety of soil.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties. Decrease their presence as much as possible to avoid them wreaking havoc in your garden.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. When your garden works with nature, you will also be able to notice an increase in the number of wildlife inhabiting your garden.