Organic horticulture is as old as human cultivation but many people are just discovering the benefits. Using this simple advice, you can begin growing your own thriving organic garden. Just follow the tips and tricks outlined here and get ready for some beautiful results!
Put sod down the right way. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
Regular weeding is essential to the health of any garden. Unwanted weeds fight for the same nutrients that more desirable plants do, and they also are unsightly. White vinegar can be a good solution. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.
When you decide to add vegetables into your garden space, be aware that they must be placed where they will receive direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours daily. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. Some flowers are especially sun-loving as well.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it out. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Put a couple of inches of organic mulch around each of your vegetable plants. The mulch help keeps the soil that is around the plants much more moist for much longer. It will also prevent weeds from sprouting. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.
Consider planting evergreens that produce berries in your yard. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
Select a specific type of plant to be the focal point of your garden. To create an attractive garden design, arrange a focal point to draw attention. The best focal points are those plants that really stand out from those that are adjacent.
It just takes some time and patience to be able to grow a good organic garden. Use what you’ve read here to create your own backyard oasis! No matter what you decide to grow, by using the above tricks you are sure to succeed.