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Organic gardening can be a majorly relaxing hobby, or a major headache. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find suggestions that will help you improve your organic gardening skills.

TIP! Transplanting plants and bringing them indoors can protect them from harsh winters. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants.

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. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. By the time the week ends, your plants will be ready for their big move and should have no problems!

Clay Soil

TIP! A set of comfortable knee pads makes a great investment if your garden is full of plant material that stays low to the ground. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain.

Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.

TIP! Try to ensure your plants are dry and have enough air, daily! Excess moisture creates an appealing environment for disease and parasites. In fact, fungi love a wet plant and can cause a great deal of damage.

It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.

TIP! Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! Then, you can plant the container into the ground. However, the container walls will keep the roots held, and prevent the plant from consuming too much of your garden space.

Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. This way, the seeds you have planted will have some chance of growing.

TIP! You should make sure to divide your irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps.

Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. In fact, fungi love a wet plant and can cause a great deal of damage. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.

TIP! Plant items with fall color. This might not be the reason why.

 

Always fertilize your garden. Manure is very effective in helping plants grow, although it is important to use a commercially composted product to minimize the risk of pathogens. Although there are plenty of fertilizer choices, don’t be concerned with which one you use; just be sure to use one.

TIP! You should protect the knees if you are kneeling in the garden. Bending for extended time periods causes pain for many people.

Pouring the excess water from your dinner of steamed veggies on them can help. If you grow rhododendrons, azaleas or gardenias, increase the acid in your your soil by working in coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus attacking plants.

TIP! If you plan to raise organic plants inside, you need to think about how much light they will get. If you’re living in a home that doesn’t receive much sunlight, you should consider growing plants that thrive in environments with low to medium amounts of light.

When you water your garden, do it with care. Put down the watering can or garden hose, and spread out a time-saving soaker hose instead. Be sure to keep the pressure of the water on low so that the hose does not damage the tender plants. Allow the soaker to stay on for a few hours, so your plants can receive water while you tend to other tasks.

TIP! Preparing a plot for planting a perennial garden can be done quickly and without difficulty. Use your spade to slice chunks of turf up, then flip each piece over, and spread wood chips on top to a depth of four inches.

Heather is a magnet for friendly insects. Bees like heather, and they get their nectar from it early in the spring. If your heather bed is undisturbed, as it would be in nature, many beneficial insects will make it their home. Because of this, don’t forget to protect your hands when pruning heather beds.

TIP! Coat your flower beds with a few inches of an organic mulch. A thick layer of mulch will prevent weeds, reduce watering needs and fertilize your garden.

Work efficiently in your garden. You do not have the time to spend an hour looking for each tool you need. Set up the tools you will need for your day prior to hitting the garden, then put them away neatly at the end of your gardening session. You may also wish to invest in a tool belt to keep all of your tools within reach while horticulture.

Organic Garden

TIP! Keep slugs out of your organic garden naturally, using a beer trap. Take a glass jar and bury it in your garden so that the top of it is level with the soil.

Organic horticulture, while requiring a good effort for great results, is a great way to live a greener life. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.

 
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