TIP! Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier.

In the world of organic horticulture, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.

Clay Soil

TIP! Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden.

Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.

TIP! The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease.

Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. 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.

TIP! Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions.

A good but unusual organic solution for weeding your plants is try “boiling” your weeds way. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.

TIP! The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee.

Be sure to split the irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.

TIP! If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. The coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to give some acid back to the dirt.

Tend to a garden as a way to relax. Peace and relaxation can be found through several different avenues. Gardening is one of the easiest ways to attain this. It requires a small monetary investment and has numerous returns. The best return is the joy and tranquility you can get from growing your very own greenery.

TIP! Think about planting evergreen plants that will produce berries in the backyard. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing.

Choose one plant to be the focal point. A solid focal point will draw peoples attention to your garden, leaving them to admire your unique design. Mostly it is a distinctive plant that sets it apart from the neighboring plants and flowers.

Indoor Plants

TIP! If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. It’s likely you don’t want to spray pesticides around the vegetables you intend to eat.

Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees. Plants require a warmer climate to grow. If you wish to keep your house cooler than that, you may want to use a heat lamp just for the plants.

TIP! To draw good insects to your garden, plant heather. Bees are very attracted to heather.

When growing organic plants indoors, it is important to consider the amount of light that is available to them. 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. If you cannot achieve success merely through plant selection, consider using artificial light sources.

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You’ll save time and energy if you keep tools nearby while working in your garden. Put them into a basket you carry with you, or use an apron with many pockets and hanging loops. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.

TIP! To keep your houseplants happy during the day, your thermostat should be set anywhere between 65 and 75 degrees. Indoor plants grow best at these warm temperatures.

These tips are intended to help you become an excellent organic gardener. There is a lot of information to be had and you need to know how to apply it. With this in mind, you can refine your own methods to successfully grow a beautiful organic garden.

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