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Make Your First Organic Garden A Success

 

TIP! Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth.

Horticulture can be very complicated, when you look at it more closely. If you want to try your hand at organic gardening, then be prepared to learn about concepts like pH balance. If you are new to growing vegetables, then growing organic may take you a bit more time to learn. By reading the tricks in this article, you will find yourself better prepared to grow your food organically.

TIP! You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water.

When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. Moisten the soil thoroughly. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.

TIP! Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.

Try planting seeds in pots, and then transferring the seedlings to your garden. This raises the chances of the plants growing until adulthood. It also helps you make your planting times more frequent. You can plant the seedlings once you have removed the old plants.

TIP! Start your peas in a protected indoors environment rather than outside. When you plant them indoors first, the seeds will germinate better.

Cover any wall or fence with climbers. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls. Often, they can grow enough to cover up an eyesore in one season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Climbing roses, honeysuckle, wisteria, clematis, and jasmine are some great plants to try out.

TIP! Every good gardener knows when the best time is to begin harvesting one vegetable or the other. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors.

 

Regular weeding is essential to the health of any garden. Weeds can take over a healthy garden faster than you think. A great way to get rid of them is to use white vinegar. White vinegar is a fantastic weed killer! If you are too busy to pull weeds by hand, make a white vinegar solution and keep it handy for a quick spray when needed.

Coffee Grounds

TIP! Create a space perfect for any perennial garden with this easy method. Only a garden spade and woods chips are necessary.

If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. The coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to give some acid back to the dirt. This will allow your vegetables and greenery to really thrive.

TIP! When planting your organic garden, spacing is an important thing to keep in mind. You can easily underestimate how much space the plants need until they begin to grow.

Use natural pest control when possible. Plant marigolds or onions around other vegetables to keep slugs away from them. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.

TIP! Old laundry baskets are handy tools at harvest time. An old basket will act like a strainer does.

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.

 
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