Confused About Organic Horticulture? Use These Tips!
The processes involved in successfully horticulture can be complicated. Choosing to garden organically means learning about many details, such as your soil’s acidity or what sort of insects live in your garden. If you are a beginner, take things slowly. You won’t be a beginner for long if you put the tips you are about to learn to use.
Properly lay your sod. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Make sure you work with a moist soil. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Make sure the sod is firmly placed to ensure a surface that is sufficiently flat and even. Also, make sure to use soil to fill the areas where there are gaps in the sod. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. Considering that boiling water is rather safe, you don’t have to worry about toxins in your soil or at your dinner table. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.
You can prevent pests from invading your garden with certain plants and natural materials. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
To ensure a healthy garden, make sure you surround your plants with a few inches of good organic mulch. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. It will also prevent weeds from sprouting. You will save time by not pulling weeds.
It never hurts to keep a few bags around the house to protect your floors from dirty horticulture shoes. This helps you stay in the zone so that you can continue horticulture when you have completed your tasks in the house.
Do not overlook the benefits of pine mulch for your garden. Some plants are highly acidic, and like soil that is acidic too. For these types of plants, pine needles are wonderful for mulching. If you spread a few inches of pine needles around your garden beds, when they break down, the acid they contain will leach into the soil.
When you are planning on growing a garden, you should think about the space you will need to provide a healthy growing area for your plants. Many people underestimate the space needed for plants to grow to their full size. You need to take into account the plant’s size when it is fully grown, as well as allowing space for air circulation between each plant. It is, therefore, important for you to plan accordingly and allow for enough room between your seed rows.
It is possible to control weeds with natural methods. Put down old newspapers in several layers for controlling weeds. Weeds must have sunlight in order to grow. If you place sheets of newspaper over the weeds, they will die due to a lack of sunlight. In time, the newspaper will decompose into the soil. You can then add a mulch layer right on top so that it looks more attractive.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.