There are so many tools and methods to grow an all-natural, vibrant and healthy garden. All that is needed from you to have a great organic garden is to learn what they are, and to put them into practice.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Make sure the sod is firmly placed to ensure a surface that is sufficiently flat and even. Also, make sure to use soil to fill the areas where there are gaps in the sod. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. These fast growth plants make flower beds vibrant, and they let you alter the appearance seasonally and annually. They can make a handy, gap-filler between shrubs and perennials located in sunny areas. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. Climbers have many different uses and spread quickly. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Remember that different bulbs will bloom at all different times of the year, so if you are careful to choose the right bulbs, you will see blooms in the early spring, and have flowers all the way to late summer.
Coffee grounds can be used to amend soils that are high in alkaline. Basically, the grounds resupply the soil with acid. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to achieve this result. The plants will be healthier, leading to more delicious home-grown veggies.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. It’s better for your garden, in particular, because transplants have high failure rates; whereas, sprouting a seed and growing a plant in the same conditions is better. Additionally, it’s better for the environment, because the plastic pots used by most greenhouses are generally not recycled and are cluttering landfills.
Anyone can plant a garden, but only those with the proper knowledge will receive the most out of their crop. Put these organic gardening tips to use.