An organic garden provides you with a much healthier diet. However, organic horticulture does require a commitment. This can make you wonder where to begin for growing your own organic garden.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. 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. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
Make sure to lay the sod properly. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. 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. The sod requires water on a daily basis for two weeks, then the roots will have taken hold and ready to be walked on.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. Many times, hybrid plants tend to resist disease, and tolerate the cold weather better than their traditional counterparts, resulting in higher yields.
Use climbers for covering 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 may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
The kind of soil you use will influence the results. Find out more about the plants you like and which type of soil is best. You could also isolate a certain area, and fill it with just one kind of soil.
To prevent shocking your plants, you must gradually introduce new temperatures and other conditions to them. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
When horticulture, beware of stink bugs and other insects, particularly in the autumn. Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. They can do a lot of damage if they are not controlled.
As should be obvious by now, organic gardening requires a bit of forethought and planning before implementation. For the best results, you need to be dedicated to the work. Use the tips presented here, along with some ideas of your own, and you can be a thriving organic gardener in no time.