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TIP! To prevent your plants from getting shocked by a big change, get them gradually used to climate and temperature changes. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so.

Gardening is a complex hobby, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. If you chose to garden naturally, you need to acquire some knowledge of the implications of the acidity of your soil, and you need to know how to utilize the correct bugs and insects instead of pesticides. Growing organic can be a little on the difficult side for a rookie. You won’t be a beginner for long if you put the tips you are about to learn to use.

TIP! A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments.

Learn the proper way to lay sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Afterward, you want to make sure the soil is moistened. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.

TIP! Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant.

Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.

TIP! When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! You simply need to cut off the top, scoop out the guts, and spray your pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf.

Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. Use them to fill gaps between shrubs and perennials in the sun. Attention-getting options exist such as sunflowers and petunias.

TIP! If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. Basically, the grounds resupply the soil with acid.

When horticulture, be sure to look closely for stink bug infestation, especially during Autumn. They thrive on fruits, citrus, peppers and various beans. If not managed well, they can wreak havoc on your garden.

TIP! Using pest-resistant plants or natural materials in your garden is a good way to keep pests away. Onions and marigolds can get rid of pests in the garden.

Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Typically, bulbs are simple to grow, and they’ll grow every single year. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.

TIP! Learn the ideal times for harvesting your vegetables. Different veggies have different windows of time in which they should be picked; it is during this period that the vegetable is most flavorful.

When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.

TIP! Make sure your pesticides are focused on only what you’re trying to kill. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects.

Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.

Updated: June 28, 2013 — 6:37 am
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