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Grow Like A Pro With These Organic Gardening Tips

All it takes to grow an organic garden is a few natural growing methods. All it takes is a little research, and some strategic implementation.

TIP! If beautiful flowers throughout the warmer months are important to you, make sure you put bulbs into the ground. Bulbs will grow every year and are easier to take care of than seeds.

Transform your horticulture tool handles into clever measurement rulers. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. You can label distances using a permanent marker. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.

TIP! Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! Simply cut the pumpkin open at the top, so you can remove the seeds and insides.

Transplanting plants and bringing them indoors can protect them from harsh winters. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.

TIP! Protect your deciduous shrubs which are tender. When these tender shrubs are kept in pots, cold weather can be very damaging.

It is important to choose the right type of soil if you want to achieve the best results. Different types of plants require different soils, so check soil requirements for the ones you choose. For special requirements, you can build separate areas with soil that is right for certain plants.

TIP! Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. You can even plant the container in the ground.

If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. This is an easy and inexpensive solution to increase the acid content back into the soil. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.

TIP! Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug.

Don’t plant a garden without planning it. This helps you remember where each plant was planted before they begin to sprout. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.

TIP! If you are just getting into gardening, make sure you heed all of the directions on fertilizer and chemical labels. If you fail to follow the directions, you expose yourself to safety hazards or a risk of experiencing adverse reactions.

You should start pea seedlings indoors instead of planting them outside right at the start. 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. Once the seedlings have become hardy enough to survive, you can transplant them to your outdoor garden.

TIP! If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals.

Try to plant an English garden with a mix of plants with different heights, all within the same garden bed. If you want a more organized look, select plants that will grow to the same height and put them in the same bed.

TIP! Be smart when you water your garden. A soaker hose can save valuable time by watering all of your plants simultaneously, removing the need for hauling a watering can or hose around to each plant.

A garden can be grown by anyone, but in order to have a garden that produces the best crops, proper horticulture knowledge is needed. It is important to put these organic tips to good use.

Updated: January 30, 2014 — 12:51 pm
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