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TIP! Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick.

Establishing an organic garden is a smart way to work towards a healthier diet. Consider your garden an investment of your time and hard work. You might be wondering where you need to start to have your very own organic garden.

TIP! Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden.

There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.

Coffee Grounds

TIP! If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year.

Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil. You will discover that your vegetables are more flavorful than ever before.

TIP! Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.

It is best to aerate and dry your plants daily. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. Fungi is very common. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.

TIP! If you have planted vegetables within your garden, make sure that they are getting at least six hours of sunlight each day. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly.

Split up the irises. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. After the foliage dies, pick up bulbous irises. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.

TIP! Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture.

Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Each variety of vegetable has a specific time to be harvested so that you may enjoy its fullest flavor. For example, some plants, such as zucchini and baby peas, have the most flavor when harvested while young. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. Simply educate yourself on what the best time is to harvest each of your garden vegetables.

TIP! Divide irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps.

 

Keeping pests out of a vegetable garden can be difficult. It’s wise to avoid harsh insecticides if you plan on consuming your fresh fruits and vegetables. If you remain vigilant, you can control your garden pest population. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.

TIP! If you have a vegetable garden, it can be quite difficult to decide what to do about pest control. Avoid using a bunch of harsh chemical pesticides in your garden.

Choose a plant to use for a focal point. There should be a solid focal point for every good garden design. A perfect example of a focal point is using a plant that doesn’t bear any resemblance to those that surround it.

TIP! Sensibly water your garden. A soaker hose is a great way to water all of the plants at once, and will save you a lot of time.

Spray old aftershave, perfume, or scented products around the grass of your garden to prevent your dog from entering it. This covers up the smells that bring dogs to gardens in the first place, which means dogs are less likely to enter the garden.

TIP! You can keep your dog away from your garden by spraying perfume or aftershave in the grass. This will help mask the scents that attract your dog, and will make your garden a less interesting place for your pet to be.

If you are planning to grow plants within the house, the temperature should be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees within the daylight hours. Warm temperatures encourage plant growth. If you are not willing to keep your house that warm during winter, you could always get the organic plants a heat lamp.

TIP! You can create the look and feel of an English garden by mixing different plants of varying heights throughout your flower bed. Using plants that all grow the same height result in a flat and uniform looking bed.

One of the problems that people come up against when trying to grow organic plants indoors is a lack of natural light. If you’re living in a home that doesn’t receive much sunlight, you should consider growing plants that thrive in environments with low to medium amounts of light. You can also get special lamps if you want a different kind of plants.

Organic Horticulture

TIP! Avoid allowing chores in your organic garden stack up. If your busy life prevents you from tending your garden every day, do small tasks to avoid having so much work when you do have some time.

Organic horticulture is not rocket science, but it does some require some forethought and planning. Research and information will help you get started. Persistence is also a necessary ingredient for success. The next time you are in your garden, think of the tips from this article. If you can use that knowledge, you will be more capable of using organic horticulture techniques to your advantage.

 
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