More and more people are becoming interested in organic horticulture as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Also, organic horticulture is quite cheap on the whole. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find some suggestions that will help you make the most of your garden.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Compact the soil firmly but lightly, and make certain it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. 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. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. This boosts the chance that the plants can survive to adulthood. This also enables you to close gaps between planting cycles. You can plant the seedlings once you have removed the old plants.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. Natural materials and plants can be just as effective as chemical pesticides at keeping unwanted visitors out of your garden!
Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. Try adding used coffee grounds to the soil around plants that grow in acidic soil. Chamomile tea can be used as an effective fungicide for potted plants.
Garden for fall colors. It doesn’t have to be that way! Fall is the most colorful time of year for foliage. Maple, beech trees or dogwood take on some amazing colors. Some very good shrubs to choose are barberry, hydrangea, and cotoneaster, which is a member of the rose family.
If you want to keep dogs our of your garden, take some aftershave, old perfume, or any other scented item and spray the grass around the area. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.
To create an attractive, quintessentially English garden, you need to use a mixture of different plants that all grow to varying heights in each bed. Plants that are all at the same height makes a garden bed look flat and uninteresting.
Start using these tips to grow your own organic food and help preserve the environment. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.