Successful organic horticulture requires the use of some particular methods and techniques. You just have to learn these ways and utilize them.
Properly lay your sod. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Make sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Then lay the sod in staggered rows so the joints are offset. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
It is important that you give your plants the chance to gradually adjust to the change in temperature and conditions, or you risk shocking them. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. Over a period of several days, slowly increase the time they are allowed to stay outside. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Plant seeds in pots that have a rich soil to give them a strong start. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. In addition, you can shorten the intervals between your plantings. You can plant the seedlings once you have removed the old plants.
Get gardening knee pads if you have low-growing plants. Kneeling on the ground as you garden will eventually cause serious discomfort for your knees. Cushion your knees with a pair of horticulture knee pads.
You should make sure to divide your irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. After the foliage dies, pick up bulbous irises. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.
Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. Your can contribute to environmental soundness by beginning your garden with fresh seeds. Plastics from nurseries aren’t recycled often, which causes them to go into landfills; so try starting with seeds, or buying from organic nurseries.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. For example, planting a border consisting of marigolds or onions can repel slugs. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
Learn the best harvest time for each vegetable. Every type of vegetable has a different moment of ripeness. For instance, zucchini and baby peas will taste a lot better if you pick them when they are young. Contrarily, tomatoes should be left on the vine until maximum ripeness has occurred. So, be aware of the best harvest time to pick your veggies.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. This particular type of pesticide will also kill the useful insects that consume the pests. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don’t: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
When gardening outdoors, you must always wear sunscreen and appropriate attire; this will help to protect you from sun damage. Wear sunglasses and hats with wide brims, and apply sunscreen. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Heather can bring you beneficial insects. Bees like it because it gives them nectar in the springtime. Since a heather bed is normally left undisturbed, ground beetles, spiders and other beneficial insects tend to live inside it. Keeping this is mind, you need to wear gloves when you prune your heather!
When growing organic plants indoors, it is important to consider the amount of light that is available to them. If you want indoor plants, choose specimens that can grow in relatively dark places. You can also try using artificial lighting to help.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Take a glass jar and bury it so that the soil is even with its mouth. Pour enough beer into the jar to fill it below an inch from the top. Beer attracts slugs and then they’ll get stuck in the jar.
Many people try to garden, but if you do not know what you are doing, you will not see the best results. It is important to put these organic tips to good use.