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TIP! Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging.

The processes involved in successfully horticulture can be complicated. This is especially true if you want to garden naturally. You may need to learn everything from soil pH to controlling pests without chemicals. It might be challenging to grow organic. Give yourself an advantage by applying the advice from the following article.

Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. Frequently, a hybrid plant will produce a higher yield because of its disease-resistant properties.

TIP! When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots.

Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. There are many varieties you can choose from. Honeysuckle, climbing roses and jasmine are among the best.

TIP! Pest control can become a major issue. The vegetables are intended to be eaten, thus you should refrain from using harsh pesticides and chemicals.

A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.

TIP! If you have a cut on your hand, take the time to make sure it is either healed or completely covered before you put your hands in the soil. A cut or abrasion can become infected if it is not properly protected from dirt, pesticides and other irritants.

Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. You can control their growth by placing them into a pot or container. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!

 

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.

Using pest-resistant plants or natural materials in your garden is a good way to keep pests away. For example, planting a border consisting of marigolds or onions can repel slugs. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.

TIP! Want to get rid of weeds naturally? You will need many layers of newspapers. Weeds can’t grow without sunlight.

Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. Mulch keeps soil moist for longer periods of time. This is also efficient in preventing weeds from growing. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.

TIP! While gardening organically requires more work than gardening with the help of chemicals, the rewards are worth it. Growing organic is healthier and just overall better for you.

Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. You may fertilize the soil with tea or coffee for plants that favor acidic environments, like rhododendrons and gardenias. Chamomile tea is a natural way to rid your plants of a persistent fungus.

TIP! Adding too much water could be harmful to the plants, because excess water will hinder the roots ability to get the nutrients they need from the soil. Before watering your plants outdoors, check to see if there is rain in the forecast.

Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.

 
Updated: September 26, 2014 — 4:10 am
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