TIP! You will need to properly lay sod. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid.

Organic horticulture is relaxing, enjoyable, and produces tasty results. The easy to follow advice in this article will show you how to get out there and start planting. Just use these ideas and follow through with them.

TIP! If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water.

Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.

TIP! Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather.

Use the correct type of soil for best results. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of soil.

TIP! Before you start working in your garden, purchase a wheelbarrow and a good kneeling stool. 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.

Prepare your seeds by soaking them in a dark environment. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will allow your seeds to be hydrated and get a head start when growing. This will also give your seeds a much better chance to survive and mature.

TIP! Try pouring water leftover from steamed vegetables onto your potted plants. It contains rich nutrients that come from the vegetables.

Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.

TIP! Gardening is a great relaxation activity. Many methods of relaxation can be employed to lead a peaceful life.

Fresh mint is a wonderful addition to a herb garden, but it can quickly take over your entire yard. Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.

TIP! For visual interest, make one plant a focal point of your garden. Your focal point will be the main center of attention for anyone who sees your garden.

Put a couple of inches of organic mulch around each of your vegetable plants. Mulch keeps soil moist for longer periods of time. It also helps prevent weeds from growing. This will save you a ton of time and work.

TIP! You can keep your dog away from your garden by spraying perfume or aftershave in the grass. This will help to cover the scents that are attracting the dog, and make it less of an appealing place for your dog to be.

Look for evergreen variants that produce berries. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.

TIP! Always dress appropriately when gardening in order to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Put on some sunglasses, sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.

Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. Spending time on the ground is rough on the knees, a portable and light stool can help make horticulture easier. It is also normal to move heavy objects and dirt around the garden, so a wheelbarrow is something you should have.

TIP! If you are going for a British feel with your garden, then vary the heights of your plants. If you use plants that grow vertically at the same rate, you will end up with some flat, boring, uniform looking beds.

If you are going for a British feel with your garden, then vary the heights of your plants. If plants have the same growth height, the bed will appear flat and not have much interest.

TIP! Include your children in your efforts to organic gardening. The benefits for your children will be a closer bond with nature and an understanding of where food comes from.

If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. Children find it fun to pick strawberries and love to assist with the harvest if they get some yummy treats as they work.

TIP! As you are working in your garden, you must take care to protect both knees. It’s difficult for most people to bend while standing, especially at the waist.

As mentioned earlier, it will take time and effort to achieve the goals you have for your organic garden. Patience will be required. Put the tips you have learned above to use today, and see firsthand just how wonderful your new garden can be. Regardless of which plants you want to grow, you will be successful if you learn more about gardening and apply what you learn.

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