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TIP! Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. A pumpkin makes a great container, and costs less than a clay pot.

One of the tenets of organic gardening is to focus on the garden and to tend it well. This can be achieved by using smart, eco-savvy gardening techniques. The tastiest and healthiest of produce can be produced from your own organic garden. Follow this advice and your organic garden will soon be flourishing above the rest!

TIP! Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. Additionally, use your cat’s keen sense of smell to your advantage.

Try not to cause shock to your plants by gradually changing their conditions and temperature. When starting the transition, leave the plants in the sun for just 1-2 hours. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. By the time the week ends, your plants will be ready for their big move and should have no problems!

Healthy Plants

TIP! It is best to aerate and dry your plants daily. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites.

The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease. To increase your garden’s likelihood of producing strong and healthy plants, use high-quality soil containing minuscule amounts of chemicals, which will eventually collect salts.

TIP! Your vegetable plants need about two or three inches of mulch placed around them. Mulch helps the soil surrounding the plants remain moister for a longer time.

Regular weeding is essential to the health of any garden. Weeds can turn a thriving garden into a total wasteland. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. Use it instead of chemical solutions to kill weeds. So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.

TIP! You should think about planting evergreens that yield berries in your garden. They add color to your yard, throughout the year.

Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Additionally, use your cat’s keen sense of smell to your advantage. Citrus fruit peels and mothballs both smell horrible to cats, so put them on the soil near the plants your cat likes to eat.

TIP! Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also.

Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. Shrubs in pots especially need special care in the colder weather. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. In contrast to wrapping the plant with plastic, this method promotes air circulation, which stops the plant from rotting.

TIP! Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. In any great garden design, a good focal point captures the eye.

Start peas inside in a container, rather than planting the seeds outdoors. When the plants are started inside, the seeds will have an easier time germinating. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. Once the seedlings are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted to their rightful place in the garden.

TIP! Water your garden carefully. A soaker hose will save you time because you won’t have to individually water each plant, like you do with a regular nozzle, or a can that you need to constantly refill.

 

Learn the ideal times for harvesting your vegetables. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. Tomatoes, however, should be plucked from the vine the moment they appear ripe. Research the best time to pick your produce.

TIP! Try mixing various plants that have different heights to create an interesting garden setup. If you use plants that grow vertically at the same rate, you will end up with some flat, boring, uniform looking beds.

Chill out by taking time to garden. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist. Horticulture is easily one of the most relaxing and gratifying ways to spend your extra time. You will not need to spend a lot of money to grow your garden, and it provides many benefits. The biggest dividend is the emotional satisfaction of planting and growing greens on your own.

TIP! Have some plastic bags on hand that you can put over your gardening shoes if they are muddy. This keeps your flow going, so you can get back out to the garden quickly and finish your work.

Create a focal point in your garden with a unique plant. The best garden designers always use a focal point that draws the eye. Focal points in gardens are normally a plant specimen that no one else in the neighborhood has in their landscape.

TIP! Regularity is the key to keeping your organic garden in order, don’t let your list of chores pile up. No matter what your schedule is like, you should be able to fit in small things that will help you avoid having an overwhelming amount of work all at once.

Spray fragrances such as old perfume or aftershave on grass around your garden to help keep your dog away from the plants. This will mask any scents that might attract your dog and make your garden less interesting to him.

TIP! When planting seeds in containers, plant the seed roughly three times deeper than the seed’s size. There are exceptions to this rule, however.

During the hotter parts of the day, vegetables are softer, which means even picking them gently can cause them damage. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.

TIP! Avoid over-watering your plants. Excess water may hinder the plant’s roots from getting nutrition from the soil.

When growing indoor plants, the thermostat should be set between 65-75 degrees throughout the day. The temperature needs to remain warm so they may grow. If you don’t want you house to be really warm during the cold season, you could use a heat lamp on organic plants instead.

TIP! Every year, rotate your organic garden. Keeping plants that belong to the same family in the same place can eventually spark fungus growth and disease.

Organic gardening is a great way to improve your diet naturally. It is a good source of fresh vegetables and fruits and can improve your health markedly. You’ll have to put in a lot of effort and be patient, but the results organic horticulture can give you are worth all the work.

 
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