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TIP! Start your plant in pots before you plant them in your garden. This raises the chances of the plants growing until adulthood.

Environmentally-conscious horticulture requires dedication to following best practices at all times. Sound organic gardening techniques can help you do just that. The tastiest and healthiest of produce can be produced from your own organic garden. Use the following tips to create a flourishing and very rewarding organic garden.

TIP! For the right results, get the right type of soil. What plants you desire determines what type of soil you need in your garden, and whether or not it needs to be amended.

Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.

TIP! All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting.

Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.

TIP! Be sure to weed your garden. Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential.

Soil needs to be rich in certain nutrients to grow healthy plants. The soil may have to be adapted, depending on what types of plants you’re planning for the garden. It is also possible to make an artificial area using only one type of soil.

TIP! Don’t mow your grass too short. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier.

It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Simply place a handful of seeds in a container, cover the seeds up with water, and stash it away. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.

TIP! Garden vegetables should be planted in areas of the ground that receive a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly.

When mowing your lawn, avoid mowing the grass too short. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. If the grass is too short, it produces shallow roots and that leads to a lawn with brown spots and dried-out patches.

TIP! Knee pads are absolute miracle accessories if you work in a garden with plenty of low-growing plants. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain.

If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Most members of the vegetable family need this minimum of light for proper growth. It’s also the same for some types of flowers.

TIP! Sensibly water your garden. Use a hose with a soaker attachment to save you time, so the garden can get watered while you are doing other tasks.

If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. Seeds will always germinate much better when you first plant them indoors initially. The seedlings will also be heartier, which means they can resist pests and diseases better. When your plants are sturdy, move them outdoors.

TIP! Are you a parent? If you are, try planting some strawberries like everbearing strawberries in your garden. Children are thrilled to harvest fruit from their own garden, and doing so often makes them more enthusiastic about helping out with the more hum-drum aspects of tending a garden.

Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. When you place mulch around your plants, it keeps the ground more moist. This method will also prevent weeds. Every gardener can appreciate pulling fewer weeds.

TIP! Do not underestimate pine as great mulch. Some garden plants are high in acidity, and do better with acidic soil.

Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. It’s true these pesticides kill the pests you don’t want, but they also lay waste to the advantageous insects that make those same pests a regular meal. Useful insects are more sensitive to these pesticides than the pests, so by killing them, you could be growing your pest population. This can cause you to use an additional amount of pesticides in order to attempt to fix this problem.

TIP! The compost pile should include equal parts of dried material and green plant material. Green plant material consists of spent flowers, veggie and fruit waste, leaves, weeds, and grass clippings.

Plant things that will give you color for the fall. That need not be the case though! The fall season is probably the most colorful of the year in terms of foliage. Maple trees are an autumn rainbow of crimsons to yellows, and so are beech and dogwood trees. Some very good shrubs to choose are barberry, hydrangea, and cotoneaster, which is a member of the rose family.

TIP! Organic gardening is a high-risk, high-reward activity compared to normal gardening, but the rewards certainly are sweet. While chemical-based gardening products make bold claims, it is hard to dispute that organic gardening consistently produces superior results.

To keep your dog out of your garden, spray old perfume, aftershave, or other scented items in the grass around it. This will mask any scents that might attract your dog and make your garden less interesting to him.

TIP! Grow garlic that is organic. Plant organic cloves in spring or fall and use moist, drained soil.

As these suggestions have shown you, anyone can have a successful organic garden. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.

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