Gardening is a complex hobby, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. You will need to take closer care of your garden if you choose to grow organically, but there are many tools to help you. If you are a beginner, take things slowly. You can do it well by taking advantage of the advice that offered below.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Thoroughly water the soil. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. If you have healthy looking plants, they are stronger and more resistant to diseases and bugs. Begin with a high-quality soil with less chemicals to avoid salt accumulation, and you give your garden an excellent chance of growing healthy plants.
If your plants have a powdery mildew, don’t use expensive chemicals on them. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
When the fall season arrives, it is time to plant your fall edibles. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. After you have finished this, you will be ready to start planting.
Carefully plan your garden first. Planning gives you a map of your garden. When your plants begin sprouting and all look alike, you can refer to your plan to remind yourself of which plants are which. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. A pot of very hot water is one of the most effective ways you can get rid of the weeds in your garden. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.