A green thumb and a great deal of patience is needed to take on the hobby of organic gardening. This pastime should yield amazing and healthy foods, free of pesticides and other chemicals found in store bought produce. It’s easier than you may think. See these tips to learn how to get started with this healthy, rewarding hobby.
Put down sod correctly. Be sure to get your soil prepared before you start laying the new sod. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with 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.
The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. On the floor, simply lay out the handles, then take a tape measure and run it next to them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Maybe you’d like to save the most expensive plants you have or the most resistant. Always be careful when digging around the roots, and put the plant in a suitable pot.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. Plants tend to grow better when the CO2 levels are higher. A greenhouse has the best levels available. When it is exposed to high carbon dioxide levels, a plant has the best growing condition possible.
Protect your tender deciduous shrubs. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. In contrast to wrapping the plant with plastic, this method promotes air circulation, which stops the plant from rotting.
Your plants need to be kept dry, but sill receiving a good amount of air. Excess moisture creates an appealing environment for disease and parasites. A common parasite to plants is fungi. Proactively treat fungi through the use of fungicidal sprays and treatments.
If you are gardening for the first time ever, read and follow all directions and instructions that come with your chemicals and tools. If you miss this easy step, you run the risk of harming yourself due to the chemicals that can irritate your skin. For your own safety, take the time to read and follow the instructions.
To succeed at a nature based hobby like organic gardening, you need a little hard work and a whole lot of patience. This hobby allows you to use the land and grow delicious food. All it takes is a little studying and practice to become a successful organic gardener.