Anyone can enjoy the relaxing activity of organic gardening. If you are unfamiliar with gardening in general, or the specifics of organic gardening, the process may be daunting. What is important to know about gardening for a beginner? This article will give you some great ideas to begin.
Learn how to properly lay sod. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Make sure the soil is packed firmly and even. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Measure the handles with a tape measure laid out in the floor. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.
Make sure to fertilize your garden. One type of fertilizer that really helps plants grow is manure, but be sure to utilize a type that is commercially composted to reduce the chances of pathogens. Choosing a specific type of fertilizer is not particularly critical; as long as you’re using fertilizer, you’re improving your soil.
When you water your garden, do it with care. Use a type of soaker hose so that you don’t need to do individual waterings with the hose nozzle, or be refilling a watering can constantly. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Allow it to water your plants for a couple of hours, so that you are free to do other things.
Vegetables are softest during the warmest hours of each day, so picking them then, no matter how gently, runs the risk of damage. When you remove the produce from the plant, use shears or a knife to cut them from the vine without twisting, as this can damage the plant.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. It is quite calming and relaxing to immerse oneself in the rhythms of organic gardening. These tips will help you get your organic garden started.