There are so many natural alternatives available to you if you want to turn your garden organic. All you need to do is find out what they are, and then use them.
Lay sod properly. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to 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. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Rubbing wax on the shovel prior to digging can kick this challenge to the curb. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. These fast growing flowers let you change how your flower bed looks season to season. They are very helpful when trying to fill in gaps between shrubs and perennials in an area that is sunny. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
The correct soil can make a big difference in how your garden grows. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy. For special requirements, you can build separate areas with soil that is right for certain plants.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. They enjoy tomatoes, peppers, beans, and many different varieties of fruits. If they are left in the garden, they can do great damage to your plants, so you should do whatever you can to eliminate them.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
If you want to maximize your success at organic gardening, you need to learn as much as you can about how to garden. Be sure to try out these organic horticulture ideas.