More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. Read on for some advice about how to work in your organic garden.
Properly lay your sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using some soil. 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.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. 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 also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Once you cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, spray the inside and edges with Wilt-Pruf to keep the pumpkin from rotting. Once you have completed this, start planting!
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. A thoughtful plan can remind you of previous plantings and what you will see appearing from the soil in the months of spring and summer. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. When these tender shrubs are kept in pots, cold weather can be very damaging. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.
By taking advantage of the advice you’ve read in this article, you’ll be able to have a garden free of pesticides and full of healthy produce. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.