You will need a great deal worth of patience, and you will also need a green thumb to get into horticulture. It is a good way to grow healthy fresh foods in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free way. Easier than it sounds though, correct? Read the tips below to see what you need to begin growing like a pro.
Sod should be laid correctly. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.
You need to consider beginning the plants into pots. Then, you can plant the seedlings into your garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. The seedlings are ready to go, once you remove the mature plants.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
The approach of fall means you need to start planting autumn goodies. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. Once this is done, you are ready to plant!
Your plants need to be kept dry, but sill receiving a good amount of air. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. Fungi is the most common parasite for 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.
Growing organic food requires patience, persistence and a love of nature. However, the tastiness of the produce you grow will be a reward in itself. Through the careful application of this advice and with time and effort, you will be able to call yourself a successful organic gardener.