TIP! Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Snails and slugs can do irreparable damage to your garden in a single night.

Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Organic gardening methods are extremely cheap for the most part. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.

TIP! Starting a garden which is pest-free is easy, if you have healthy soil. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases.

It is important that you give your plants the chance to gradually adjust to the change in temperature and conditions, or you risk shocking them. Leave them outside in sunlight for a couple of hours on the initial day. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. After a few more days, your plants will be more resistant and ready to stay outside all the time.

TIP! Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful.

Plant seeds in pots that have a rich soil to give them a strong start. They are more likely to survive the transition to adulthood with this method. This is also a good way to tighten up your planting schedule. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.

TIP! A set of knee pads are a life saver if you’re an avid gardener and a lot of your plants sit close to the ground. The amount of time that you spend gardening on your knees can make your knees hurt by the time you are done.

Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. These kinds of flowers are also excellent for filling in gaps between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Notable collections include sunflower, marigold, hollyhock, rudbeckia, cosmos, and petunia.

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TIP! You may want to think about having evergreens that will produce berries planted in your yard. This will allow your garden to have color, even in the dreary winter months.

Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.

TIP! Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticidal products anywhere in your gardening area. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also.

Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. It’s a good idea to save any expensive plants or those that will thrive in indoor heat. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.

TIP! Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. In any good garden design, a focal point will grab the eye and hold it there.

If you want flowers in spring and summer, plant bulbs in the garden. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. The types of bulbs you use will determine the time of year your flowers will bloom, giving you the pleasure of blooms from spring to summer, if you plant them right.

TIP! To keep dogs from disturbing your garden, spray some old aftershave, cologne, perfume or other strongly-scented products in the dirt or grass surrounding it. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.

If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. Weed roots will suffer harm from boiling water, and this will probably stop them from growing more.

TIP! Organic indoor plants may need additional light sources to make up for the light they miss out on by being indoors. This needs to be considered.

Fertilize your garden regularly. If you decide to use manure, which is great for your plants, choose a pathogen free commercial product. You must be sure to use some kind of fertilizer. There are many different combinations available for different uses.

TIP! Easily and quickly prepare your ground for a garden of perennials. Simply use a spade or small shovel to get under the grass or turf and flip it over.

Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. In addition, it will keep the weeds from growing. You’ll find this is a time saver since you won’t have to pull them later.

TIP! Working in the garden doesn’t have to be grueling; learn to work more efficiently. You do not have the time to spend an hour looking for each tool you need.

Utilize the advice provided here, and you will soon be on your way to having a flourishing organic garden that is both healthy and free of pollutants. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.

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