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TIP! Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks.

Most people in our society have heard about the benefits of eating organic, or seen organic products in the grocery store. You’re well aware of which items the organic ones are. It’s usually easy to identify them by the higher price tag and organic labels. Look at the following advice to learn how to start an organic garden.

When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.

TIP! Starting a garden which is pest-free is easy, if you have healthy soil. Healthy soil equals healthy plants and healthy plants can fight off diseases with ease.

Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.

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TIP! As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in.

If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.

TIP! If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. Used coffee grounds will add acidity, helping to optimize the soil’s pH.

Pick the proper soil in order to get the best outcome. Depending on what type of plants you have, your soil may or may not be adapted. You can also create an artificial area with only one kind of soil.

TIP! It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. For example, slugs can be deterred by the presence of marigolds or onions.

 

In a place that’s dark, pre-soak the seeds. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. The water will hydrate the sends, giving them a head start once you plant them. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.

TIP! You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. Some plants, such as gardenias, azaleas and rhododendrons need acidic soil for proper growth.

Try growing your peas indoors for the first couple months. By initially planting them indoors, the seeds tend to germinate better. The seedling may also be hardier, which means that they can better resist disease and attacks from pests. After the seedlings get mature enough, transplant them to your outdoor garden.

TIP! Garden for fall colors. This might not be the reason why.

It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. Failing to heed this simple advice can mean skin irritation that you are going to remember, and not pleasantly at that. Wear protective gear, and use the products as directed.

TIP! Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. This covers up the smells that bring dogs to gardens in the first place, which means dogs are less likely to enter the garden.

When deciding on which plants to include in your landscaping projects, consider evergreens which produce colorful berries. This will allow your garden to have color, even in the dreary winter months. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.

TIP! While you garden, it’s important that you wear the right clothing to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Try wearing a large sunhat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, and use sunscreen on any exposed skin.

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: October 19, 2015 — 4:35 pm
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