Starting and maintaining an organic garden requires a lot of patience, and an affinity for growing plants. The point of organic gardening is to grow healthy, toxin free food that you can enjoy and benefit from. It’s easier than you may think. Read on for suggestions on what you will need to start gardening like a pro.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Measure the handles with a tape measure laid out in the floor. Label the distances using a permanent marker. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. Using coffee grounds is a less expensive way to make your soil more acidic than trying to replace your topsoil. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
Include your kids in growing an organic garden. An organic garden will help your child learn more about plants and insects, and it’s a wonderful bonding time while growing healthy produce.
A mixture of aspirin and water can help your ailing plants. One and half tablets of aspirin in a couple gallons of water will be a wonderful help to the plants you have. Help your plants to fight disease by spraying them with the aspirin water. Apply at three week intervals.
Organic gardening combines hard work, patience and nature. The rewards are healthy, delicious foods without the harsh chemicals of today’s corporate farming practices. If you follow these tips and put in a great effort, there is nothing stopping you from becoming a good organic gardener.