You are ready to plant your organic garden. Now’s the time! Keep reading for tips any beginner will find useful.
Put sod down the right way. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. The optimum layout of sod rows is to stagger them with offset joints. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
If you have planted vegetables within your garden, make sure that they are getting at least six hours of sunlight each day. Most vegetables require this amount of sun in order to grow properly and at a quicker pace. This is true of some flowers.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
Don’t forget to use a good fertilizer in your garden. Manure can be very helpful in growing plants, but it is essential to use a commercial product that has been composted, in order to minimize pathogen risk. There are numerous types of fertilizers available. What type you select is less of a concern; any kind of fertilizer is better than none.
Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Each type of produce has unique time frames for harvesting at the peak of flavor. For instance, zucchini and baby peas have the best taste when you pick them early. In contrast, tomatoes are best when left on the vine as long as possible. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
Water your garden wisely. You can save time by using soaker hoses to water more than one plant. Use a low water pressure to avoid damaging tender plants. Give it a few hours to water the plants so you have schedule freedom to tend to other matters.
Heather can bring helpful critters into your garden. Heather attracts bees, and when they come out in the spring, this provides an early nectar source. Spiders, ground beetles and other useful insects are drawn to heather beds because they don’t tend to get jostled around. If you choose to employ the use of heather, always make sure to throw on a pair of gloves during the pruning process.
At this point, you should feel more confident about your gardening skills. Even veteran organic gardeners might have learned a thing or two. You can grow an organic garden, now that you have the right tips and information.