One good way to have a steady supply of healthy, fresh vegetable is to develop an organic garden. It does take some time and effort, though. Organic horticulture also involves choosing from a large variety of different seeds as well. The following article will provide you with advice that will help you create your dream organic garden.
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease. Begin with a high-quality soil with less chemicals to avoid salt accumulation, and you give your garden an excellent chance of growing healthy plants.
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. Boiling water is a safe herbicide which won’t damage your garden or your body. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. You can control fungi with the application of fungicide sprays. However, the area should be treated before you see the onset of any problems.
Novice gardeners should read the manuals on all horticulture tools and chemicals prior to using them. If you don’t pay good attention, you could wind up with skin irritations or other issues. Always follow packaging directions to ensure your body’s safety.
Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. In addition, these pesticides destroy the good insects which eat pests. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to strong pesticides than the insects you are actually trying to get rid of. This will lead you to end up killing off the good bugs in your garden, leaving the field wide open for the harmful ones. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
Add some heather plants to your garden, to attract good insects. Bees will go straight for these plants in the spring. If your heather bed is undisturbed, as it would be in nature, many beneficial insects will make it their home. Because of this, don’t forget to protect your hands when pruning heather beds.
In conclusion, organic horticulture can be a critical component of fulfilling your dietary goals. The knowledge that you gain from this pursuit is fulfilling in itself. Use the tips and advice presented here to get the most of your organic garden. It can be a source of pleasure for years to come.