A Healthy Start: How To Grow An Organic Garden

A lot of people become interested in organic horticulture due to worry about long-term, poisonous effects of pesticides and commercial fertilizers on the environment and their personal health. A lot of techniques for organic gardening actually don’t cost a lot of money. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.

Properly put down your sod. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. Water the sod each day for two weeks so it will become well-rooted and ready for foot traffic.

TIP! Start your plants in containers, and then transplant the seedlings into the garden later on. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants.

Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. If you’re looking for the most reliable varieties available, choose from clematis, wisteria, and climbing roses.

Stink bugs can damage your garden, especially if you garden in the fall. Fruits, peppers and tomatoes are among the foods they love to eat. If you don’t treat them, they can do a lot of damage in your garden.

If you want flowers in spring and summer, plant bulbs in the garden. Since bulbs are easy to grow and resistant to poor weather conditions, they will grow without fail year after year. The types of bulbs you use will determine the time of year your flowers will bloom, giving you the pleasure of blooms from spring to summer, if you plant them right.

TIP! Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease.

Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. The soil around plants can stay damper through the use of mulch. It will also prevent the growth of weeds. This will save you having to constantly pull weeds.

Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. The berries will provide a boost of color to your backyard, even during the colder months when most of the other vegetation has been drained of their color. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.

If you follow these advice on organic horticulture, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.