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TIP! Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night.

If you are careful, and use appropriate horticulture techniques, it will show. It proves you care about growing healthy plants. This is extremely laudable. However, there are always ways to learn new skills, and hone your existing ones. The advice in this article will help in your quest for the perfect organic garden.

TIP! Brighten up your flower beds with annuals and biennials. 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.

Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. Next time you work in the garden, you can have a larger ruler with you!

TIP! Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants.

Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants with more strength to deflect those insects and various diseases. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.

Baking Soda

TIP! When you grow veggies in a garden, you need to ensure they get at least six hours of good sunlight each day. Many veggies require this amount to properly grow at a faster pace.

You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.

TIP! Balance your alkaline soil with the acid found in used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil.

Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! There are numerous places to find this service, such as your local Cooperative Extension office. The cost is well worth it to avoid a potentially ruined crop.

 

TIP! If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase gardening knee pads. You will spend a lot of time on your knees while gardening, which can result in knee pain.

Stinkbugs can be a nuisance in the garden. These bugs are known to be proliferate in the cooler fall months. They like beans, peppers, tomatoes and many fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.

Cat Likes

TIP! If you’re a new gardener, it is vital that you follow the instructions when it comes to your chemicals and tools. Failing to heed this simple advice can mean skin irritation that you are going to remember, and not pleasantly at that.

Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. Additionally, use your cat’s keen sense of smell to your advantage. Citrus fruit peels and mothballs both smell horrible to cats, so put them on the soil near the plants your cat likes to eat.

TIP! Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. If you grow rhododendrons, azaleas or gardenias, increase the acid in your your soil by working in coffee or tea grounds.

If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. It’s also the same for some types of flowers.

TIP! Try planting some heather to draw beautiful insects to your yard. Bees like heather, and they get their nectar from it early in the spring.

You now have your garden tools, seeds and supplies needed to skillfully grow an organic garden, using the tips given here. If you do not, you are on the right path to obtaining them. These tips should provide you with a good basis for your gardening. In fact, it is possible that you came across a trick that you never would have thought of otherwise.

 
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