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TIP! Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks.

Establishing an organic garden is a smart way to work towards a healthier diet. It requires effort to grow. You may be curious as to how to start the organic horticulture process.

TIP! For flowers throughout the spring and the summer, be sure to plant some bulbs. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year.

Do not improperly lay your new sod. Before you lay the sod, the soil has to be prepared. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and 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. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.

TIP! During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin, scoop out the inside, and spray the entire thing with Wilt-Proof.

You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Leave them outside in sunlight for a couple of hours on the initial day. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. The plants should be prepared to move outside permanently at the end of this week.

TIP! You must protect tender, deciduous shrubs. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them.

Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.

Healthy Soil

TIP! All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. When you place mulch around your plants, it keeps the ground more moist.

The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants with more strength to deflect those insects and various diseases. For the most vigorous and healthy plants, start with high-quality soil, and stay away from chemicals. These can accumulate salts over time.

TIP! It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. If you fail to follow the directions, you expose yourself to safety hazards or a risk of experiencing adverse reactions.

Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.

 

TIP! If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. The vegetables are intended to be eaten, thus you should refrain from using harsh pesticides and chemicals.

In the cold winter months, you can salvage certain plants by bringing them into the house. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Use caution when digging around the roots of your plant. You need to keep the root structure intact for it to thrive after being potted.

TIP! Do not use broad-spectrum pesticides within your garden. In addition, these pesticides destroy the good insects which eat pests.

Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

TIP! Have one plant be the most interesting eye-grabber in your garden. Your focal point will be the main center of attention for anyone who sees your garden.

Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. After this is completed, it is time to plant!

TIP! The warmth of the day can make vegetables soft, making them more prone to damage as you pick them. Be certain that you cut picked vegetables straight off from the vine itself and not by twisting them off, because you don’t want to harm the plant.

Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Place your seeds in a container filled with water. The seeds will get the hydration they need to start growing. This gives the seeds a better chance of flourishing.

TIP! As a good general practice, you should make sure to plant your seeds three seed-widths deep into their containers. There are exceptions, however.

As the article has referenced, organic gardening takes work, research, and effort in order to be successful. You are also aware now that dedication and consistency will go a long way toward success. Remembering the above tips, you can successfully grow an organic garden.

 
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