In order to be a good organic gardener, you need to have a lot of patience and a knack for how to take care of plants. It is an enjoyable way to grow your own nutritious foods that are free of pesticides and other harsh chemicals. You might think this sounds complicated or expensive. These tips will help you grow like a professional does.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.
You don’t need expensive chemicals to treat powdery mildew on plants. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
If you’re like many gardeners, autumn means that it’s time to get some delicious fall edibles growing in your garden. A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
Vegetables should be planted in an area where they will get a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Most vegetables need this amount of sunlight to grow the right way at a faster pace. Some flowers have the same requirement for growth.
Start a new garden from seeds. When you begin a garden, it’s most eco friendly to do so with seed. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
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Organic gardening is a hobby incorporating nature, hard work and patience. This skill utilizes a simple patch of ground to produce healthy, delicious, natural foods. But, if you are ready to dedicate yourself and stick to the advice in this piece, you are sure to be a successful organic gardener.