TIP! Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks.

Organic horticulture requires a lot of patience and talent. This pastime should yield amazing and healthy foods, free of pesticides and other chemicals found in store bought produce. Easier said than done, right? These tips will help you grow like a professional does.

TIP! Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases.

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. The clay easily slides off the surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.

TIP! If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. The best solution is mixing baking soda, a drop of liquid dish detergent and water together in a spray bottle.

Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. No need to worry if a bush or tree is in the way, as climbers can grow through them. Also, they can match the shape of an arbor. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.

Soil Analysis

TIP! In a place that’s dark, pre-soak the seeds. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it.

Do a soil analysis prior to planting. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. A lot of Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and you can prevent ruining a few crops by identifying the specific steps to take.

TIP! Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.

Take the time to remove weeds. A vibrant garden will be overrun with weeds if they are left alone. For this task, try using white vinegar. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. Spray white vinegar onto those troubling weeds.

TIP! Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture.

If your soil has a problem with high alkaline levels, mixing in some coffee grounds that have been used is a great solution. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil. The right soil will make your vegetables taste better and make your flowers more vibrant and aromatic.

TIP! Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. This container can be placed in the soil if you prefer the look of mint in your garden, and it will continue to contain the roots of your mint and prevent it from taking over.

Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Tender shrubs are very sensitive to cold weather, especially those that are planted in pots. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.

Knee Pads

TIP! Take advantage of gardening as a means to unwind. There are a wide variety of things you can do to release stress and relax.

If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase horticulture knee pads. Spending lots of time on your knees while gardening can injure them and create lasting pain. Your knees can get supported with a decent pair of gardening knee pads.

TIP! The prevent your dog from trampling through your garden, spray some old aftershave, perfume or other heavily scented things on the grass around your plants. Using this will cover up the odors that your dog likes and will cut down on the intrigue of your landscaping for your furry friend.

The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.

TIP! Always protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors working in the garden; you can do this by wearing clothes that will shield you from the sun. Wear sunglasses and hats with wide brims, and apply sunscreen.

Give them a nutritious drink by using the water that you boiled your veggies in. In order to help acidify the soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons, you can use coffee and tea grounds. Chamomile tea is effective in combating a fungus problem within your garden.

TIP! You can create the look and feel of an English garden by mixing different plants of varying heights throughout your flower bed. If plants have the same growth height, the bed will appear flat and not have much interest.

Organic gardening can be a wonderful hobby that involves a love of nature, desire for healthier living, and much patience, too. This is a great hobby that uses your land to grow food. Follow the tips and put in the needed effort, and you will be a successful organic gardener.

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