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TIP! Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier.

If you are careful, and use appropriate gardening techniques, it will show. It signifies that you have care for your plants and you desire good health for them. This is an admirable thing. Improvement to any skill can always be achieved, and this skill set is no different. The following article provides helpful tips.

TIP! You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements.

Make sure to lay the sod properly. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Lightly, but firmly compact the soil, making sure it is flat. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.

TIP! Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water.

Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. Many climbers are so robust that they can cover an unattractive wall or fence in a single growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.

TIP! 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! Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service.

If beautiful flowers throughout the warmer months are important to you, make sure you put bulbs into the ground. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.

TIP! Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You could also place something that will cause your cat to go away from your plants, such as citrus peels or mothballs.

Before you plant a garden you should plan it out. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.

 

TIP! Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day.

Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.

TIP! To help young plants, try pouring boiling water on top of nearby weeds. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless.

Pouring the excess water from your dinner of steamed veggies on them can help. You may fertilize the soil with tea or coffee for plants that favor acidic environments, like rhododendrons and gardenias. Herbal chamomile tea is an effective, affordable treatment for fighting fungi.

TIP! A quality garden must be grown from seeds. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds.

Prevent damage from the sun by making sure you dress correctly whenever you go outside to garden. Wear hats and sunglasses, and make use of sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the sun is the best way to prevent sunburns and skin cancer.

TIP! Have one plant be the most interesting eye-grabber in your garden. When you design your garden, think of a great focal point that will grab attention and add interest.

Now you have the three items you need to make your organic garden a success– tools, products and skill. This is awesome! The basic tips provided here will give you a good start in building your own body of knowledge as you work. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned pro, you can always find a small bit of information you may not have previously known.

 
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