Many people are interested in organic horticulture but are unsure how to get started. Some people think gardening is just too complicated and are intimidated by the many details. However, the following article contains many hints and tips that can simplify the process and help you turn that daunting idea into an enjoyable hobby.
Pay attention to how you lay sod. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. 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. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
When winter comes around, save some plants by putting them in the house. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Always be careful when digging around the roots, and put the plant in a suitable pot.
Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Take 3-4 seeds, put them in a small jar or container, and cover them with water. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. This gives the seeds a better chance of flourishing.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase horticulture knee pads. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. Wear knee pads meant for gardeners so that you’ll be more comfortable when kneeling in your garden.
Read instructions before using any gardening tool you aren’t familiar with, including pesticides or other chemicals. Use the tools only as directed in the instructions. Some of the chemicals in these products can cause skin irritation, or worse, if you fail to take this simple precaution. Keep yourself safe by carefully following all instructions.
You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. Doing so shields the scents that your dog might pick up on and be drawn to, causing their potential interest in your garden to drop dramatically.
Make sure you work in your garden every day. Wasting time finding tools is inefficient gardening. Prepare all of your tools prior to working in the garden, and then put them away neatly when finished. You can use a tool belt for this purpose, or choose pants that contain several large pockets.
Create a raised bed for your garden out of stone, bricks or untreated wood. Any wood you use needs to be untreated and resistant to rot. Several species of trees yield suitable wood. Locust, cypress, and cedar are among the more commonly used rot resitent woods. In a veggie garden, don’t use treated wood since its chemicals can leech into the food crops and soil. If the ground cover you’ve used already contained treated lumber, line it with a barrier of some form.
Your authenticity as an organic grower is solidified when you obtain the organic gardening certification. With this, you and your crops are credible and 100% legitimately organic. This is important for your business and to your customers. This also does several things to boost your business. First, it is likely to increase your sales as it builds trust in more customers. Second, it shows customers who have been loyal that the quality produce you provide is top notch.
One thing that sets organic gardening apart from conventional gardening is that commercial pesticides are not used. Organic gardening is wonderful for your family and their health, but you also need to be vigilant about pests.
Reading these tips probably cleared up some of the questions you had about organic horticulture. Hopefully, it made organic horticulture seem less intimidating. Put this information to work for you in your organic garden and soon your kitchen will have an abundance of fresh, all natural and delicious produce.