TIP! Clay soil is hard and will also stick to a shovel, making it difficult to work with. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth.

You are going to try your hand at organic horticulture. What perfect timing! Below are some excellent ideas to help you begin down the road to an exceptional organic garden.

TIP! Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. Cutting your grass at a taller height allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which helps lessen the chance of your lawn drying out easily.

The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Use a permanent marker to label distances. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!

TIP! If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly.

Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.

TIP! If you are interested in sustainable organic gardening, consider keeping part of your property undeveloped so that wildlife can flourish there. The kind of birds and insects needed for pollination will be naturally present on your property and help with your organic garden.

Be sure to weed your garden. Weeds will cause your garden to become overgrown and cluttered. White vinegar can be used as a natural herbicide. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. If you don’t want to take the time to remove the weeds by hand, simply spray them with a white vinegar solution.

TIP! If you have plants inside, make sure the thermostat stays between 65 and 75 degrees. Warm temperatures encourage plant growth.

Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Place a small amount of seeds in a little container, while filling it to the brim with water. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.

Knee Pads

TIP! Using coffee grounds as part of your soil mixture in your garden is often advised for healthy plants. Your plants will thrive from the nitrogen contained in the grounds.

It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for gardening. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. Buy yourself a pair of knee pads to use in the garden to cushion and protect your knees.

TIP! Do you prefer to eliminate weeds without the use of harmful chemicals? To control the growth of weeds, all you need is last week’s Sunday paper. Weeds require sunlight to continue growing.

A quality garden must be grown from seeds. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.

TIP! Be aware of the location you are in, and the seasonal and climate changes that occur. Make sure that you adjust your watering cycles to match these changes.

Make sure to fertilize your garden. Manure can help grow plants, but to eliminate risk of pathogens, try using a type of commercially composted product. There are many fertilizer options available, though in reality, whatever type you choose will do the job as long as you are using something.

TIP! Whenever you plant tomatoes in your garden, plant multiple sets about three weeks apart. This makes sure that you are not inundated with a huge tomato harvest all at one time.

Novice gardeners should read the manuals on all gardening tools and chemicals prior to using them. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful. For example, some chemicals will irritate your skin if you don’t follow safety rules. Keep your body safe and follow directions.

TIP! With just a small amount of steps, you can add a new garden just for any of your perennials. Flip up the turf using a spade or shovel, then cover the exposed area with a thin layer of wood chips, about three or four inches.

Choose a plant to use for a focal point. In any great garden design, a good focal point captures the eye. Many times, it’s just a plant that differs from the surrounding plants.

TIP! If you are wanting to start your own organic garden, it is crucial that you know how to properly make beds. One way to achieve this is to use a garden tool to carve out a small slice of earth.

Sensibly water your garden. You can save time by using soaker hoses to water more than one plant. Make sure that your water pressure is set to low, so that no harm will come to any tender plants. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.

Organic Horticulture

TIP! Open your imagination as to what type of plants you would like to plant into your organic garden. Acid-loving plants especially love mulch.

Now you should be much more prepared when it comes to organic horticulture. If you were under the impression you were good at organic horticulture before, you should now feel like an expert! The tips that were given should have provided you some advice that can help you get started with growing a beautiful organic garden.

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