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TIP! The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust.

The rewards of an organic garden to your health and eating pleasure are innumerable. But, you need to put in a lot of effort to grow your garden effectively. Perhaps you are unsure of the benefits of organic gardening, or you are unsure how to get your garden started.

TIP! The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick.

In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. Try placing them outside in sunlight for about an hour or maybe two the first day. As time goes by, slowly increase the time they spent outdoors. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!

TIP! Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year.

Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. By waxing the shovel head, the clay will not be able to adhere to the surface.

TIP! Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge.

Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. 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.

TIP! If you are gardening for the first time ever, read and follow all directions and instructions that come with your chemicals and tools. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful.

Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. Once the plant is healthy enough, replant it in your garden with the appropriate type of soil. Many nurseries use plastic growing pots that are very seldom recycled. Try buying from organic nurseries and farms so your garden is not using anti-environmental products.

TIP! Get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool to work in your garden. Gardening can be very tough on your knees, so a kneeling stool that is ergonomic and lightweight can make things much more comfortable and enjoyable.

Give peas a head start by sprouting them indoors. Seeds that are planted indoors will enjoy superior germination. Your seedlings will be stronger, and this will mean they can withstand diseases and bug attacks. Once they are suitably strong, transplant them outside.

TIP! You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.

 

Be sure to buy a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool that you can use for your garden. Working in the garden means you’ll be down on the ground a lot. This can cause knee pain, so if you have a stool, you’ll have an easier time. In addition, maintaining a garden typically means moving around heavy dirt and other objects, which makes buying a wheelbarrow a very smart purchase.

TIP! Heather can bring you beneficial insects. Heather will attract bees early in the spring as well as other beneficial insects.

Have one plant be the most interesting eye-grabber in your garden. There should be a solid focal point for every good garden design. The focal point should be a plant totally different from the others around it.

TIP! To make an interesting English garden, mix various plants and plant heights in the same bed. If you use plants that grow vertically at the same rate, you will end up with some flat, boring, uniform looking beds.

Use smarts when watering your garden. Instead of watering each individual plant with a can or hose, utilize a soaker hose, which can water all the plants at once. To avoid damaging delicate plants, you should water them with low pressure. Let your soaker hose run for a few hours while you do other things.

TIP! Strawberries are a good organic garden choice for families with strawberries, particularly everbearing strawberries. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time.

When you are horticulture out in the sun, wear the proper clothing so that you do not get any type of sun damage. Always apply sunscreen with an adequate SPF level. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Finally, throw on a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp. When using the right protection in the sun, you will lower your chance of getting a sunburn and decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.

TIP! Add aspirin to your plants to help them fight sickness. Your plants can benefit from a solution you can make by dissolving one and one-half aspirins into a couple of gallons of water.

Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. Cut vegetables to remove them from vines rather than twisting and pulling them. Twisting vegetables off vines damages them.

TIP! If you have a cut, be careful about exposing it to soil or gardening chemicals. A cut could get infected if it gets in contact with grime and dirt in the garden.

So, as you have seen, it is true that organic gardening requires research, work, and effort to start growing your own organic plants. If you want to see success at your efforts, you have to continue working at it. Keep the tips offered in mind and you can see more success.

 
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