TIP! Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks.

In order for you to have a successful organic garden, you will need to take really good care of it. Sound organic gardening techniques can help you do just that. Your goal should be to grow healthy, happy and delicious organic products. Use the following tips to create a flourishing and very rewarding organic garden.

TIP! Brighten up your flower beds with annuals and biennials. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful.

Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.

TIP! There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.

Transfer your favorite plants inside so they survive the winter. Maybe you’d like to save the most expensive plants you have or the most resistant. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.

TIP! Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold.

Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

TIP! Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites.

In a dark area, pre-soak your seeds overnight. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. This will give your seeds a good start by making sure they have plenty of water, which they need to sprout. The seeds will be better able to survive and grow up.

TIP! Always fertilize your garden. Manure is a great garden additive, but it is important that you choose a manure that has been composted commercially so that there is less of a risk of pathogens.

Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.

Knee Pads

TIP! Working in your garden is an excellent way to relax yourself. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist.

To save your knees from the wear and tear of gardening, invest in some knee pads if your garden includes a lot of low-growth plants. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.

TIP! As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. As your baby plants grow, you can move them from their heat source.

Place organic mulch close to your vegetables. Mulch has a nice moisturizing effect on the soil it’s spread over. An added benefit is that it also inhibits weed growth. Every gardener can appreciate pulling fewer weeds.

TIP! When planting seeds, you should bury them three times as deep as their actual size. It is important to note though, that not all seeds are covered to this depth, as some need direct sunlight to grow properly.

If you know that you’ll be in the garden for an extended period of time, protect yourself from the sun with proper attire. There are many ways to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays such as wearing sunglasses, sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats. Using the right protection from the harmful rays of the sun means less of a chance of you getting sunburn and skin cancer.

TIP! Keep slugs out of your organic garden naturally, using a beer trap. Bury a jar in the garden with it’s mouth open and level to the ground.

Vegetables get softer as the temperature goes up, so you could damage your vegetables if you pick them during the hottest hours. You can also protect both your vegetables and the plant they grow on by cutting them off instead of twisting them off.

TIP! One way to help maintain healthy soil is to incorporate mulch into your landscape. Mulch acts as a protective shield for the soil it covers.

Gardening can be hard on your knees. Most people can’t bend for long periods while standing. Concentrate on kneeling. This will still make it easy to reach plants as well as minimize back stress. Use a knee pad so that your knees don’t get sore.

TIP! One of the most wonderful things about buying food that is organic is that they don’t contain pesticides. Of course, organic produce is much healthier, but you should still thoroughly rinse it before consumption.

As you’ve read from the above tips, proper organic horticulture may really affect the nutrients and freshness of your produce. It takes a lot of work and tons of patience, but it is all worth it in the end to have a successful organic garden.

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