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. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface.

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.

TIP! Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night.

Pay attention to how you lay sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Make sure you work with a moist soil. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.

TIP! Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking.

Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.

TIP! When you go to mow your lawn, make sure you don’t mow it too closely to the ground. If you leave more height to your grass, the roots will grow deeper into the soil, making the lawn stronger and more resistant to drying out.

For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. Find out more about the plants you like and which type of soil is best. You can also make an artificial area using only one type of soil.

TIP! Be consistent with garden fertilization. If you decide to use manure, which is great for your plants, choose a pathogen free commercial product.

Stinkbugs can be a nuisance in the garden. These bugs are known to be proliferate in the cooler fall months. Stinkbugs are most prevalent on tomatoes, beans and peppers. If you don’t treat them, they can do a lot of damage in your garden.

TIP! If you are planning on growing peas, start them indoors before putting them outdoors in your garden. Pea seeds tend to germinate much better when planted indoors, before being moved to an outside garden.

Novice gardeners should read the manuals on all horticulture tools and chemicals prior to using them. Irritation of the skin or even more serious injuries are possible if you ignore manufacturer’s directions. Wear protective gear, and use the products as directed.

TIP! When it comes to harvesting your vegetables, know when the optimal time is to do so. Different vegetables have different, ideal times that they should be picked for best flavor.

Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. 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. In addition, maintaining a garden typically means moving around heavy dirt and other objects, which makes buying a wheelbarrow a very smart purchase.

TIP! Do not use broad-spectrum pesticides within your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests.

It can be tough to keep insects and other plant-ruining crawlies from infesting your garden. Since you are growing the vegetables for your own consumption, you want to stay away from pesticides. Staying on top of the problem will ensure that pests don’t take over your garden. If you catch pests early, you can remove them by hand effectively.

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.

Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. These pesticides will also kill any beneficial insects that consume the pests you are trying to get rid of. Useful insects are more sensitive to these pesticides than the pests, so by killing them, you could be growing your pest population. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.

TIP! Work properly in your garden. Wasting time finding tools is inefficient gardening.

With the information you just learned, you can start trying different organic methods in your own garden. There is a ton of info out there when you know the right places to look, and your job is to take that information to apply it to your gardening. Take what you have learned and use it make your garden as successful as you can.

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