Organic gardening is something that many families want to do but simply never take on the challenge. This is because people often feel too discouraged or incompetent to try something that sounds as complicated and unusual as organic gardening. Read through this article and you can gain better insight on what it takes to start and grow your own organic garden; it’s not as hard as it may seem.
Make sure to lay the sod properly. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Dampen the soil completely. Sod must be arranged in staggered rows; each joint should offset one another. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Start your plants in containers, and then transplant the seedlings into the garden later on. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. You will then be able to lessen the time between planting your seeds. After you remove the mature plants from your garden, you can immediately replace them with the seedlings and start the cycle over again.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Spray this mix on your plants every week and the mildew should go away. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. Climbing plants can cover a wall after one growing season only. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Make sure that your deciduous shrubs are protected. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Irises should be divided. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant immediately.
Reading these tips probably cleared up some of the questions you had about organic gardening. Hopefully, it made organic gardening seem less intimidating. Apply these tips and you will quickly be eating luscious and wholesome foods, that you grew yourself!