Turn Your Thumb Green With These Gardening Tips

Organic gardening is as old as human cultivation but many people are just discovering the benefits. By using the right tips for the job, anyone can go from knowing little about organic gardening to developing a reliable green thumb. Follow our tips and reap the rewards.

Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Before the sod can be laid, you should prepare the soil. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Lightly, but firmly pack the soil down, and make sure that it is flat. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.

Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. Leave them outside in sunlight for a couple of hours on the initial day. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.

Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.

Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.

Plan your garden before you plant it. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. It’s also a good way to keep smaller plants from getting swallowed up by the rest of your garden.

Do you love fresh mint leaves but hate how they quickly grow to take over your garden? Instead of planting mint in the ground, confine it to a large pot. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire. You can even plant the entire pot so that it still looks just like another plant in your garden.

Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.

This advice you just read should show you that with a bit of work and perseverance, you can get your organic garden into full bloom. Start using these tips to direct your efforts in the right direction. The above hints will help no matter what you’re going to grow.