To have the most success with your garden, you need to take care of it. Here is where intelligent horticulture techniques will come in useful. Educating yourself on this topic will help you create a garden that offers healthy and tasty produce. Follow the tips provided for a successful organic garden.
Properly lay your sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. Frequently, a hybrid that is able to deal with extreme temperatures will bring higher yields than the more traditional variety of a plant.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
If mildew is forming on your plants, you should not purchase an expensive chemical. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. This is a natural solution for ridding your plants of mildew safely.
You must be sure to remove all of the weeds that grow in your garden. Weeds can kill a precious garden. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. White vinegar can kill weeds! By placing a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle, you can spray the weeds away instead of having to pull them out manually.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Most vegetables need that much sun to grow rapidly and successfully. Many flowers also require adequate sunlight to flourish.
Do you like mint, but not how they ruin your garden? Instead of planting mint in the ground, confine it to a large pot. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.
Divide irises. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. The bulbs should automatically divide in your palm, and once you put them back into the earth, they will typically flower the following year. Split rhizomes with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant them immediately.
Being a novice gardener, you should ensure that you follow the directions carefully for tool and chemical use. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful. For example, some chemicals will irritate your skin if you don’t follow safety rules. Keep yourself safe and always follow instructions.
The tips above have shown you that there is a noticeable difference in the quality of produce produced by organic horticulture. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.