Organic gardening has become more popular with increased concern about the effects of fertilizers and chemicals on the environment, as well as overall health. Organic gardening methods are extremely cheap for the most part. Read on to learn a few tips if you are thinking about growing your own organic garden.
Sod should be laid properly. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
It may be helpful to let your plants begin their life in a pot and to transfer them to your garden when they’re seedlings. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. Once you remove the most recent mature plants from your garden, the seedlings are immediately ready to be planted.
Keep your fragile shrubs protected from the winter weather. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. Kneeling on the ground as you garden will eventually cause serious discomfort for your knees. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.
Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Excess moisture creates an appealing environment for disease and parasites. Fungi is very common. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Insects can be deterred if you use wood ash instead of mulch around trees and shrub seedlings. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
Utilizing the advice provided in this article in your organic gardening efforts will produce great results. You will quickly see your garden becoming more productive and healthy, while being free of toxins. When your garden works with nature, you will also be able to notice an increase in the number of wildlife inhabiting your garden.