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TIP! Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night.

You probably have friends who claim to eat only organic, or maybe you’ve seen these items in the store. You’re well aware of which items the organic ones are. The organic products cost more, and they often come in distinctive packaging. This article can help you save money by growing organic produce right in your own garden.

TIP! A garden with a foundation of healthy soil is the best defense against pests. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand.

To keep your plants from getting shocked, you need to gradually introduce them to changes in temperature and conditions. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.

TIP! You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season.

Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. This increases the chance that your plants will survive to adulthood. This method also gives you the freedom of tightening time periods between each planting. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.

TIP! There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water.

Starting off your garden with healthy soil can be the best defense against those pesky garden bugs. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.

TIP! Plants need CO2 grow well. The majority of plants thrive when they are exposed to a high level of carbon dioxide.

CO2 is essential for growth. Most plants will grow better with more CO2. The best method to obtain a high amount is to get access to a greenhouse. In this environment, the CO2 levels are kept high so the plants can experience optimal growing conditions.

 

TIP! Coffee grounds can be used to amend soils that are high in alkaline. Coffee grounds contain plenty of acid to get the soil back to a good balance.

Stinkbugs can be a nuisance in the garden. These bugs are known to be proliferate in the cooler fall months. Stink bugs like to reside in tomatoes, beans, and pepper plants, as well as many fruits. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.

TIP! Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases.

Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.

TIP! When you boil vegetables, use the leftover water on your potted plants. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds.

If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. It’s likely you don’t want to spray pesticides around the vegetables you intend to eat. Research the methods available for eliminating garden pests organically. When you catch a potential infestation early, the solution may be as simple as picking the pests off of your plants with your fingers.

TIP! For visual interest, make one plant a focal point of your garden. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point.

Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.

 
Updated: January 22, 2014 — 7:41 pm
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