TIP! Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff.

It can be a bit tricky at times but don’t let that deter you; when you grow your own organic garden, you create healthy products for you to eat. As well, there are a lot of choices when it comes to seeds. Below you’ll find some great tips to make sure you get the most out of your organic garden.

TIP! A good way to ensure that your seeds sprout effectively is to start them in smaller pots and then transplant them once they reach the seedling stage. Your plants will be more likely to survive if you do this.

The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthier plants are greater in strength and resistance to illness and insects. To give your garden the best chance of yielding the healthiest plants, start with a high-quality soil that has fewer chemicals which over time will accumulate salts.

Flower Bed

TIP! Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Most members of the vegetable family need this minimum of light for proper growth.

Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Biennials and annuals that grow quickly can add color to a flower bed, plus they permit you to modify the way the flower bed looks each season and each year. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.

TIP! Divide irises. The more you divide clusters of irises, the more your irises will multiply.

Cover any wall or fence with climbers. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You may also be interested in training them over an arbor or trellis. You can also grow them among existing landscape trees and plants. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.

TIP! Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. Once the plant is healthy enough, replant it in your garden with the appropriate type of soil.

When the fall season arrives, it is time to plant your fall edibles. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. To use the pumpkin as a planter, it is important to prevent it from rotting. To do this, you simply spray the entire inside and any edges with a gardening spray called Wilt-Pruf. This is done after you’ve opened the pumpkin at the top and removed the insides. Once the pumpkin has been prepared, it is ready for planting.

TIP! Put money into a quality wheelbarrow and kneeling stool if you plan to do garden work often. You can make gardening much more comfortable on your knees by using a portable garden stool.

Make a plan for your garden. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.

Knee Pads

TIP! Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. This will mask the garden smell that is attracting your dog, and it will make it a less appealing place for your dog to visit.

A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. You will spend a lot of time on your knees while gardening, which can result in knee pain. Using a pair of quality knee pads designed for horticulture can provide your knees with cushioning and support, preventing any discomfort.

TIP! Try planting some heather to draw beautiful insects to your yard. Bees are very attracted to heather.

Learn the best harvesting time for each kind of vegetable you plant. Each kind of vegetable should be picked at a specific point for maximum flavor. Veggies such as zucchini or baby peas, for instance, taste their best if they get picked young. On the contrary, tomatoes shouldn’t be picked from the vine until they are ripe as can be. Simply educate yourself on what the best time is to harvest each of your garden vegetables.

TIP! When you sow seeds in your garden, try not to rush the process. Start first by moisturizing your soil.

Wisely water your garden. Utilize a soaker hose. This saves time as you need not water each plant one at a time with the nozzle of a hose or with a watering can. Keep water pressure on your hose low so you don’t harm fragile plants. Watering your garden for a couple hours while you are working on other tasks is an efficient use of your time.

TIP! To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. “Green” material refers to things like wilted flowers, weeds, leaves from your yard, and grass clippings.

Acquiring a good understanding of organic gardening is necessary to grow all kinds of healthy fruits and vegetables. Use the tips from above to take a step in the right direction when it comes to organic gardening, and start your family on a healthier path to better living.

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