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Top Tips For A Thriving Organic Garden

 

An organic garden is an interest you have. You’ve come to the right place! These tips will help you start an organic garden.

TIP! Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water.

Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.

TIP! When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. By leaving your grass a little taller, you are allowing it to become stronger, as the roots grow stronger and deeper.

Plants need ample amounts of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. More CO2 generally produces more luxurious plant growth. A greenhouse will provide plants with an environment rich in carbon dioxide. Higher CO2 levels can provide optimal conditions for growing plants.

TIP! Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds.

If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. Balanced soil will produce more flavorful, crisp vegetables and greens.

TIP! It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. For example, slugs can be deterred by the presence of marigolds or onions.

Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.

TIP! You should purchase a wheelbarrow, as well as a kneeling stool to help you garden. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort.

Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. Moisture can be a magnet for disease and parasites on your plants. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.

 

TIP! If you want the best tasting vegetables, learn about the optimum time to harvest them. Each type of produce has unique time frames for harvesting at the peak of flavor.

You should make sure to divide your irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant them immediately.

TIP! Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. Tea and coffee grounds can also serve as acidifiers in the soil of your gardenias or rhododendrons.

Start a new garden from seeds. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.

TIP! Water your garden carefully. Take advantage of a soaker hose so that you don’t need to water every single plant individually, or have to keep filling up your watering can.

Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.

TIP! It is essential to keep your knees protected as you garden. Bending from a standing position for excessive amounts of time can be difficult for many people.

Broad-spectrum pesticide is not a good garden choice. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. If this happens, you just fuel an expanding cycle of needing even more pesticides.

TIP! Organic foods don’t contain any chemical pesticides. While this is good for your family’s health, you will want to be sure to check even more for bugs and other pests.

Now you should have more information about organic horticulture. With the knowledge you have, you should be ready for anything! You can grow an organic garden, now that you have the right tips and information.

 
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