There’s a lot more to gardening than most people realize. You will need to research techniques for chemical-free pest control and healthy ways to make sure your plants continue to thrive. Growing an organic garden can be hard for someone inexperienced. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
Put down sod correctly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Thoroughly moisten the soil. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds can truly ruin a good garden. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
Plan your garden before you plant it. Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. In addition, some plants are so small you might forget you planted them once all your plants sprout. Planning stops these plants from getting lost in the crowd.
Be vigilant about keeping moisture off your plants. Plant moisture is a big attraction to both parasites and plant diseases. Fungi is very common. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Whether you have been horticulture for a few days or a few decades, you must never deviate from the instructions on the labeling of all implements and chemicals. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.
Chill out by taking time to garden. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist. Of these, gardening is by far one of the most enjoyable and easiest to start. The returns are huge for a very minute up front investment cost. The best return on your investment is the feeling of happiness and tranquility from growing your own greenery.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.