When it comes to gardening the green way, every organic garden needs extra TLC. In order to get good results in an organic garden, you need to use smart gardening techniques. This advice will help you create happier, healthier and tastier produce. Utilize these tips to create a garden that stands out as an organic mecca of beauty.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. 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.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Known commonly as climbers, these plants are very versatile, easy to grow, and they will quickly spread out to cover up walls and fences within a single season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
For flowers throughout the spring and the summer, be sure to plant some bulbs. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. The types of bulbs you use will determine the time of year your flowers will bloom, giving you the pleasure of blooms from spring to summer, if you plant them right.
Do not mow your lawn close to the bottom. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.
As the weather turns colder, it is important to prepare your sensitive shrubs for the change. If you’ve got tender shrubs which are potted, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites. Fungi commonly afflict a number of plants. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.
Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from 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.
As you can conclude from what you have just read, having an organic garden can provide you with nutrient rich and fresh fruits and vegetables. An organic garden is a ton of work to make successful but well worth the effort.