Many people believe that fruits and vegetables that are grown organically are far superior to regular produce. Instead of buying from stores, why not grow your own? Keep reading to learn how you can construct an organic garden of your own right in your house.
Put down sod correctly. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
An excellent garden shouldn’t begin from plants. They should begin from seeds. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. The soil around plants can stay damper through the use of mulch. It can also prevent weeds from growing. Every gardener can appreciate pulling fewer weeds.
If you have a vegetable garden, it can be quite difficult to decide what to do about pest control. Don’t spray any harsh chemicals on your vegetables because you will be eating them later on. To safely keep your garden pest-free, keep a sharp eye out. Natural pest control depends on the type of soil in your garden and the variety of plants growing there.
Look for targeted pesticides instead of using popular but damaging broad-spectrum products. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. As a result, gardeners often have to resort to using more toxic pesticides to get rid of garden pests.
Water your garden carefully. Consider a soaker hose as a way to water multiple plants while saving time. Use a low water pressure to avoid damaging tender plants. Set the soaker hose to water your all your plants over a couple hours, and then you will be free to get other things done.
You should protect the knees if you are kneeling in the garden. Bending from a standing position for excessive amounts of time can be difficult for many people. Concentrate on kneeling. This will still make it easy to reach plants as well as minimize back stress. Many types of horticulture pads and cushions are available so that avid gardeners can kneel for longer periods of time without experiencing knee pain.
Prepare the ground for a perennial garden quickly and easily. Simple slice into the soil with a spade, flip the turf, and mulch the area with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips. After a few weeks, dig, then plant your perennials.
Organize your gardening so that you can work efficiently. It’s frustrating to search for a tool for a half hour. Keep your tools well-maintained and stored away in a designated place. That way you always know where they are and they are ready to use when you need them. One way to keep your tools handy is to use a belt especially designed to hold them. An alternative is to wear a garment with multiple pockets that are big enough to hold your more commonly used tools.
You don’t have to buy inferior produce. Use the tips you just read to start growing your own organic fruits and vegetables.