If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic horticulture may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. Organic horticulture methods are extremely cheap for the most part. This article provides several useful tips that will help you improve your organic gardening techniques.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. The next step is compacting your soil and carefully leveling it. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. Keep in mind that different bulb types bloom differently and at different time periods, so when you choose a bulb plan accordingly, you can have your plant blooms lasting spring into summer.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.
Try to have a plan with your garden. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
Split up the irises. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Plant immediately.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.