TIP! Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface.

There are a variety of all-natural techniques that you can employ that will create a healthy, vibrant organic garden. Just learn some techniques, and put the ones that resonate with you into practice.

TIP! Choose plant strains that will give you the best harvest with the biggest yield. A plant that is resistant to disease, or one that is tolerant of extreme weather, will deliver a higher yield.

Learn how to properly lay sod. Before you use sod, you need to prepare the soil. Take out any weeds, then mix up the soil into a tilth that is fine. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. Moisten the soil thoroughly. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.

Flower Beds

TIP! A garden with a foundation of healthy soil is the best defense against pests. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases.

Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. They can make a handy, gap-filler between shrubs and perennials located in sunny areas. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.

TIP! When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties.

Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. 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. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.

TIP! Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.

For flowers throughout the spring and the summer, be sure to plant some bulbs. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.

TIP! Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring.

Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Tie together the tops. Once the canes are snugly together, put a sheet over the wigwam. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.

TIP! Gardening helps with relaxation. There are numerous avenues to pursue when attempting to find your personal peace and relaxation.

Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. There are many effective fungicide products that will prevent fungi growth and clear up any existing problems as well.

TIP! If you want to keep dogs our of your garden, take some aftershave, old perfume, or any other scented item and spray the grass around the area. By masking the smells he may be attracted to, he should take less interest in the garden plants.

If you are a first time gardener, it is important that you follow all of the instructions on all of your tools and chemicals. Irritation of the skin or even more serious injuries are possible if you ignore manufacturer’s directions. Keep your health intact and follow the directions to the letter.

TIP! To create an attractive, quintessentially English garden, you need to use a mixture of different plants that all grow to varying heights in each bed. If you use plants that grow vertically at the same rate, you will end up with some flat, boring, uniform looking beds.

Know the perfect time to harvest the vegetables in your garden. Each type of produce has unique time frames for harvesting at the peak of flavor. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. On the contrary, tomatoes shouldn’t be picked from the vine until they are ripe as can be. So, make sure you do some research, and find out when the best time to harvest your vegetables is.

TIP! It is simple to prepare your garden for perennial flowers. You just need to use your garden spade for slicing underneath the turf, then flip it, and finally spread about three or four inch deep piles of wood chips.

Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea is a good remedy against fungus.

TIP! The optimal amount of organic mulch to use in your flower beds is 2-3 inches. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture.

Many people try to garden, but if you do not know what you are doing, you will not see the best results. Use what you have learned to make your garden grow!

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