Many people get into organic gardening since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Additionally, most organic gardening techniques cost very little money. This article will provide some great tips for organic gardening.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Be sure to get rid of any weeds, and then proceed to break up the soil to get it ready to use. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. 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.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Use a permanent marker to label distances. Next time you work in the garden, you can have a larger ruler with you!
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
To help young plants, try pouring boiling water on top of nearby weeds. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? Control their expansion by confining them to a large pot. If you would like the mint leaves to still be in the ground, simply plant the container, and the leaves will stay within the boundaries of the pot.
Use the advice here to start your own organic garden. It is an interesting hobby and one that can improve your health. Your foods will taste better and not contain the heavy chemicals of store bought produce. In addition, you will notice more wildlife that congregates around your garden. You can be one with nature! Start planning your garden today.