Organic gardening is an activity that a lot of households want to do and think about, but never tackle. The task may seem daunting and complicated to those unfamiliar with it. You can prevent that from holding you back, and find renewed passion for your gardening activities, by reading the easy tricks and simple tips in the article below.
Properly lay your sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. 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.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. You can often find Cooperative Extension offices that provide this service, which can help to make your garden flourish.
Don’t mow your grass too short. If you leave more height to your grass, the roots will grow deeper into the soil, making the lawn stronger and more resistant to drying out. Short grass on the other hand is more susceptible to drying out.
If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. This can help your veggies and greens look more vibrant and taste better!
Reading these tips probably cleared up some of the questions you had about organic horticulture. Hopefully, it made organic horticulture seem less intimidating. It is relatively easy to have an organic garden, that you can show off with pride. Soon you can have fresh, environmentally-friendly fruits and vegetables on your table.