TIP! Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly.

Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. If you are unfamiliar with horticulture in general, or the specifics of organic horticulture, the process may be daunting. What is important to know about gardening for a beginner? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!

TIP! Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. This boosts the chance that the plants can survive to adulthood.

So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. Throughout the week, gradually increase the time they are spent outside. The plants should be prepared to move outside permanently at the end of this week.

When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.

Baking Soda

TIP! When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. They thrive on fruits, citrus, peppers and various beans.

If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.

TIP! Make sure you remove the weeds from your garden! Weeds can take a promising garden and turn it into a shell of its potential. White vinegar can be a good solution.

You must be sure to remove all of the weeds that grow in your garden. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. White vinegar can be a good solution. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.

TIP! Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.

Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and every year. Remember that different bulbs will bloom at all different times of the year, so if you are careful to choose the right bulbs, you will see blooms in the early spring, and have flowers all the way to late summer.

Knee Pads

TIP! Read instructions on new gardening chemicals and tools before you use them. If you don’t pay good attention, you could wind up with skin irritations or other issues.

Get some horticulture knee pads if you find yourself kneeling on the ground a lot to do your gardening. Horticulture is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable; you don’t want to finish every gardening session with aching, throbbing knees. Wear knee pads meant for gardeners so that you’ll be more comfortable when kneeling in your garden.

TIP! When it comes to harvesting your vegetables, know when the optimal time is to do so. Every veggie variety has an ideal time frame for picking, so it’s important to catch them when their flavors peak.

Start your peas in a protected indoors environment rather than outside. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.

TIP! Plan your garden, and plant with fall colors in mind. This does not have to be so.

Try pouring water leftover from steamed vegetables onto your potted plants. It contains rich nutrients that come from the vegetables. You can also use tea or coffee grounds to acidify soil for plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.

TIP! Include your kids in growing an organic garden. The benefits for your children will be a closer bond with nature and an understanding of where food comes from.

Strawberries are a good organic garden choice for families with strawberries, particularly everbearing strawberries. Kids are quite eager to pick fruit from a garden, and will help with the planting if they get a nice snack out of it at the end.

TIP! Plants growing in your home need a constant temperature of no less than 65 degrees. Your plants will not grow well if it is too cold.

Before planting your favorite perennials, you must first prepare the ground. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. After a few weeks, you can then dig into the turf and plant the perennials of your choosing.

Now you can see how organic gardening is so enjoyable. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. Using these tips, you can become an excellent organic gardener.

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