TIP! To keep your plants from getting shocked, you need to gradually introduce them to changes in temperature and conditions. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time.

The main reason people decide to go organic when gardening is that they think commercial chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizers, may degrade soil quality, harm the environment and cause long-term damage to their personal health. Organic horticulture is also cheap and requires very little equipment. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.

TIP! Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with long handles, such as a shovel or rake, are absolutely perfect for this job, and make your workload a little bit smaller.

Make sure to lay the sod properly. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Break the soil into fine tilth and make sure you remove any weeds as well. Compact the soil lightly and firmly, and be sure to create a flat surface. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. Lay the sod down in alternated rows, keeping the joints set off from one another. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. You will have to water the sod every day for 2 weeks, and then it should be firmly rooted to the ground, and able to be walked on.

TIP! If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water.

Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. Place the handles on the floor, then set a measuring tape alongside them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.

TIP! Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth.

For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. The type of plants you’re planning to grow will determine the type of soil you need, and whether the soil will or will not be adapted. For special requirements, you can build separate areas with soil that is right for certain plants.

Soil Analysis

TIP! If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil.

Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.

TIP! Protect your plants from moisture on a daily basis. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites.

You can plant wheat grass or cat grass near the plants that the cat eats. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.

TIP! Two items you need to invest in when working in a garden are a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort.

Fresh mint is a wonderful addition to a herb garden, but it can quickly take over your entire yard. Contain their growth with a garden container or large pot instead. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire. You can even plant the entire pot so that it still looks just like another plant in your garden.

TIP! When you water your garden, do it with care. A soaker hose will save you time because you won’t have to individually water each plant, like you do with a regular nozzle, or a can that you need to constantly refill.

Pest control can be very difficult when dealing with a vegetable garden. One major benefit of growing your own produce is knowing that they haven’t been treated with pesticides and other harsh chemicals. Instead of resorting to these harmful chemicals, you can keep garden pests at bay simply by paying close attention. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.

TIP! Consider planting strawberries, especially ones that are everbearing, for your garden if you have small children. Children love to snap up these sweet juicy fruits for themselves and will be much more willing to eat other foods you’ve planted as well.

Start using these tips right away, and you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy, pollutant free organic garden in no time. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.

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