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TIP! Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks.

Organic horticulture is very relaxing and will help you connect with nature. It’s a fun activity that will allow you to enjoy nutritious food that’s free of pesticides. It is challenging, but not as hard as you may think. The advice in this article will give you all you need to start growing your own organic food.

TIP! Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment.

Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.

TIP! To save your knees from the wear and tear of gardening, invest in some knee pads if your garden includes a lot of low-growth plants. Gardening can really put a lot of pressure on your knees that will leave you cramped and uncomfortable.

Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.

TIP! Always fertilize your garden. Manure can be very helpful in growing plants, but it is essential to use a commercial product that has been composted, in order to minimize pathogen risk.

Cover the fences and walls with climbers. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Some of these plants include, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle!

TIP! Place at least an inch of mulch that is organic in with your veggies! When you place mulch around your plants, it keeps the ground more moist. It can also prevent weeds from growing.

Keep your plants thriving through the winter by bringing them inside. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.

TIP! A wheelbarrow and kneeling bench or stool are smart investments for your garden. Spending a lot of time near the ground working is very hard on the knees, so a lightweight and portable garden stool will make gardening more comfortable.

 

If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. These are hearty choices, choices that will reward you for years despite the little effort that is involved in their care. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.

TIP! Familiarize yourself with the optimum harvesting time of your vegetables. Each type of vegetables has its own ideal time for picking for the best flavor.

Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.

TIP! Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. To add acidity to the soil of your rhododendrons and gardenias, use coffee or tea grounds.

In order to start the best garden possible, remember that you should always start with the seeds and not pre-purchased plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. 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.

TIP! Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees.

Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Wood ash, when used as mulch, can help keep insects away from trees and shrubs. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.

TIP! Create a space perfect for any perennial garden with this easy method. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf.

Being a success at organic horticulture requires patience, effort and a willingness to learn. This hobby enables you to grow delicious food in your own backyard. If you put your mind to it, you could become an excellent organic gardener.

 
Updated: April 16, 2015 — 6:32 pm
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