Natural, environmentally-friendly living is catching hold among legions of individuals, as is a preference for organic produce. Anyone living this kind of life usually has to organically grow their own herbs and plants to maintain their way of living. If you’d like to grow your own organic plants, read on for some useful tips.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. You want the sod to end up as a flat and even surface. If there are any gaps in between the sod pieces, then you can fill these in with some soil. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Measure the handles with a tape measure laid out in the floor. Have a marker handy, and mark the distance with it. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Since bulbs are easy to grow and resistant to poor weather conditions, they will grow without fail year after year. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
When mowing your lawn, be careful not to cut the grass too far down. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.
Irises should be divided. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. Split rhizomes with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Every piece is suppose to have at least one durable offshoot. Plant immediately.
The more you know about the ins and outs of organic gardening, the more effective you’ll be. This article is just the tip of the ice-berg when it comes to organic gardening information.