There are so many tools and methods to grow an all-natural, vibrant and healthy garden. First, you must learn the methods, and then choose which ones you would like to implement.
Lay sod properly. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Thoroughly water the soil. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. Pat your sod to form an even and flat surface, fill any gaps with some soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. If yield is important, choose hybrids designed to resist cold and diseases rather than traditional varieties.
When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.
Let your new seeds soak in a dark spot overnight. Put some seeds in a container and fill the container to the brim with water. The seeds will get the hydration they need to start growing. This improves the chances of successful plant development.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.
A great garden starts from the seeds and not from the plants. When you begin a garden, it’s most eco friendly to do so with seed. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, that is why it is advised to use seeds or purchase from nurseries that make use of organic materials when packaging their plants.
It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
Invest in a kneeling stool, and a wheelbarrow to work in the garden. It can be very uncomfortable on the knees when working so close to the ground, so a light, portable stool makes gardening easier. A wheelbarrow will come in handy to easily move dirt, rocks and other heavy objects.
Let your children be involved in your organic horticulture efforts. The benefits for your children will be a closer bond with nature and an understanding of where food comes from.
A good tip to help your plants stay healthy and fight diseases is to use aspirin water. Dissolve three aspirin in four gallons of water. Simply spray your plants with the mixture, and this will help them fend off various diseases. Be sure to repeat this process every two or three weeks.
When the time has come to gather up the produce, you need to use an old laundry basket. The basket strains the produce as well as stores it while you are going through your garden. You can clean and rinse the harvest when it is the laundry basket and the water will go out of the holes.
A rule of thumb followed by many planters is to bury the seeds in soil to a depth of around three times the diameter of the actual seed. However, you should be aware that certain seeds should not be covered at all because they are required to be in the sunlight. This is true of popular flowers like petunias and zinnias. Read the instructions that came with the seeds, and do some research on the Internet to find out the sunlight that your seeds need.
Create raised beds with stone, brick or untreated wood. If you use wood, be sure that it is untreated and naturally rot resistant. Cypress, locust and cedar are all great examples of what woods to use when building a raised bed. Do not use treated wood in your vegetable garden. If you are already using treated lumber, you can use plastic liners, or a different barrier, in order to protect your garden.
Horticulture can be done by anyone, but only those armed with the proper information can get the most from their organic garden. Put these organic gardening tips to use.