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TIP! It may be helpful to let your plants begin their life in a pot and to transfer them to your garden when they’re seedlings. This boosts the chance that the plants can survive to adulthood.

Your goal is to plant the best organic garden possible. What do you need to do get started? This article contains helpful adivce to get you started in your organic horticulture endeavors.

TIP! Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks.

Look for the variants of a plant that offer the highest yield. A lot of times a hybrid that will tolerate cold weather or disease will give you a higher output than heirlooms.

TIP! For the best results, select the right kind of soil. The soil may have to be adapted, depending on what types of plants you’re planning for the garden.

Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. They are more likely to survive the transition to adulthood with this method. It also allows you to tighten up the time periods between plantings. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.

TIP! A set of knee pads are a life saver if you’re an avid gardener and a lot of your plants sit close to the ground. Weeding, watering and picking through your vegetation can cause a lot of damage to your knees if left unprotected.

Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.

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TIP! Your children will enjoy being involved with your organic gardening endeavors. Gardens are terrific teaching tools for kids, and provide great opportunities for interaction, growth, and instruction on healthy living.

When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.

TIP! When gardening, protecting your knees is important. Bending for extended time periods causes pain for many people.

If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. If you choose your plants carefully, you could have flowers in blossom from the first weeks of spring to the end of the summer.

TIP! If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. Wildlife can help the plants in your garden to thrive, as insects support plant reproduction, while the excrement of many species contains nutrients which can help to fertilize your soil.

 

Split up the irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Throw out the center and cut pieces on the outside that are new. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Plant immediately.

TIP! Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees.

Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. This is a more sustainable way to start a garden. It is common for commercial plants to be packaged in plastic that is not commonly recycled, and therefore, it is better to use seeds or purchase plantings only from merchants who make use of organic packaging.

TIP! When mulching your flower beds, aim for anywhere between two or three inches of mulch. A thick layer of mulch will prevent weeds, reduce watering needs and fertilize your garden.

Give peas a head start by sprouting them indoors. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. This method also results in hardier seedlings that can better resist insects and disease. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.

TIP! You may find an old plastic laundry basket ideal for gathering vegetables from your garden. A benefit of using something like a laundry basket is that it can strain for you, as well as hold a large amount of produce.

Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.

TIP! A great tip when running your own organic garden, is to lightly ruffle your seedlings with your hand or cardboard, around once or twice per day. This sounds like total nonsense, but there is research suggesting that it does promote plant growth relative to unpetted plants.

Use care when you are watering the garden. Instead of watering each individual plant with a can or hose, utilize a soaker hose, which can water all the plants at once. To protect your plants, keep the flow on the soaker down. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.

TIP! Be aware of seasons and climates when you are watering, and change accordingly. The amount of water you use each time should be dependent on the water quality, the soil type and what time of day you are doing it.

You should now feel enthusiastically prepared to enter the relaxing and productive world of organic gardening. If you thought you were prepared previously, then you should be at a pro’s level now! The advice you have received should get you well on your way to growing a lovely and productive organic garden.

 
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