Organic gardening can be a majorly relaxing hobby, or a major headache. Continue on for some good tips that will help you succeed in organic gardening.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. 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 a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. 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.
Cooling weather of early fall signals the opportune time to plant seasonal edibles. Why not plant lettuce and kale inside a hollowed-out pumpkin? First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.
Try dousing weeds in your garden with boiling water to get rid of them. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
You can prevent pests from invading your garden with certain plants and natural materials. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. Doing these things can ensure that you do not need potentially harmful chemicals.
As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic gardening than a lot of people realize. It requires a lot of work and patience, but it will be worth it in the end to have a beautiful organic garden. The groundwork of information contained in this article should get you off to a good start.