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TIP! To prevent shocking your plants, you must gradually introduce new temperatures and other conditions to them. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time.

Organic gardening is an interesting hobby and helps you get in touch with nature. It’s a fun activity that will allow you to enjoy nutritious food that’s free of pesticides. It might sound easy, but is it? Read the tips below to see what you need to begin growing like a pro.

TIP! The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthy soil equals healthy plants and healthy plants can fight off diseases with ease.

Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. Just lay your tool down on the floor then lay a yardstick beside the handle. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.

TIP! Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season.

Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. These creatures can wreak havoc on a garden in a short time. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.

TIP! Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. 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.

Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.

Stink Bugs

TIP! If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. Boiling water can be considered as an herbicide, and it is a safe one.

When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.

TIP! Be aware of the optimum time frame for harvesting vegetables. Each variety of vegetable has a specific time to be harvested so that you may enjoy its fullest flavor.

When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. This time, use a pumpkin for the container for your lettuce and kale, instead of plain clay pots. Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. Once the pumpkin has been prepared, it is ready for planting.

TIP! If you want to draw advantageous insects to your garden, plant some heather. Bees are attracted to heather, and they can bring a source of nectar early in the spring.

 

Vegetables should be planted in an area where they will get a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Most vegetables need that much sun to grow rapidly and successfully. This is the same for many varieties of flowers.

TIP! Your children will enjoy the experience of working with you in the organic garden. They will enjoy learning about nature and bonding with you.

Two items you need to invest in when working in a garden are a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Gardening also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.

TIP! If you’re really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. One side effect of this is that where animals thrive, so do birds and insects that help nurture and pollinate plants, which will increase the quality of your garden.

Choose one plant to be the focal point. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. Focal points in gardens are normally a plant specimen that no one else in the neighborhood has in their landscape.

TIP! Keep your gardening tools close by to maximize gardening efficiency. You have several options including using a bucket to hold your tools or wearing pants with lots of sturdy pockets.

Prevent damage from the sun by making sure you dress correctly whenever you go outside to garden. Wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and sunblock. If you shield your skin from the sun correctly, your risk of sunburn and cancers will go down.

TIP! Try lightly ruffling the seedlings with your hands about twice a day. While this appears strange, research shows it can help plants grow larger, versus not petting them at all.

Using aspirin water will help your plants fight diseases. One and half tablets of aspirin in a couple gallons of water will be a wonderful help to the plants you have. Next, coat the plant with the aspirin mixture by spraying it on the leaves. Be sure to repeat this process every two or three weeks.

TIP! Rotate the plants that you grow each year by switching up where you plant them. When plants of the same family are planted in the same spot year after year, it can encourage the growth of fungus and disease.

The hobby of organic gardening requires patience and effort, with a little help from Mother Nature. However, the tastiness of the produce you grow will be a reward in itself. It takes a combination of knowledge, skill and experience to become a good organic gardener. The tips you’ve read above will help you towards that goal.

 
Updated: November 13, 2015 — 4:19 pm
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