Organic gardening presents special challenges to overcome. If you plan on doing it naturally, you probably need to know certain things, such as natural bug-fighting concoctions and the soil’s pH balance. It can sometimes seem a bit difficult to grow organically for a novice. Be successful by using the following tips.
Learn the proper way to lay sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
Use perennials resistant to slugs and snails. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. A higher level of CO2 will help plants grow better. Growing plants in a greenhouse is the best way to contain CO2 for use by your plants. Make sure to keep CO2 levels high to provide the best growing environment for your plants.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. This time, use a pumpkin for the container for your lettuce and kale, instead of plain clay pots. When you have finished cutting and cleaning the pumpkin, spray it with some liquid that will stave off wilting to keep it from rotting. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.
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.