How To Grow An Organic Garden The Right Way

TIP! Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.

Learn techniques that can enable you to grow a more beautiful garden for yourself, your family or your work. Careful planning will help you assemble everything you need to grow a garden in your environment, and also avoid wasting money on the wrong seeds or unnecessary equipment.

TIP! If your soil has a problem with high alkaline levels, mixing in some coffee grounds that have been used is a great solution. Basically, the grounds resupply the soil with acid.

Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.

TIP! Do you ever wish that your fresh mint leaves would not grow as quickly and overcome your garden? That's why it's better to place mint in containers rather than letting it have free rein in your garden. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.

Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.

TIP! Your garden can really benefit from evergreens featuring berries. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues.

Protect your tender deciduous shrubs. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.

Knee Pads

TIP! Be careful how you water your garden. A soaker hose is a great way to water all of the plants at once, and will save you a lot of time.

Knee pads are absolute miracle accessories if you work in a garden with plenty of low-growing plants. Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable; you don't want to finish every horticulture session with aching, throbbing knees. Wear knee pads meant for gardeners so that you'll be more comfortable when kneeling in your garden.

TIP! Avoid getting an infection by not allowing dirt and other chemicals to get into open wounds. A cut that has come into contact with extraneous materials like dirt can become seriously infected.

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. There is also a lot of heavy lifting involved with horticulture, so a good wheelbarrow is a great tool to have around.

TIP! After seeds have sprouted, they require less warmth than they did prior to sprouting. Locate your plants further from your heat source as they mature.

When horticulture, don't use any broad-spectrum pesticides. Besides killing the insects you don't want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to toxic pesticides than their annoying counterparts, so a broad-spectrum pesticide could kill all of the good bugs first, allowing the population of bad pests to multiply. This can lead to needing even more pesticides to eliminate the problem insects.

TIP! To avoid tracking the mud and dirt that will get on your gardening shoes, use plastic bags. This allows you to maintain your flow so you can rapidly get back to your gardening.

Add some heather plants to your garden, to attract good insects. Bees love heather, and it is a favorite stop when they emerge in early spring.
Heather beds are also attractive to bugs such as spiders and ground beetles that will kill pests. If you do have to tend to your heather, wear gloves in case you accidentally annoy one of the residents!

TIP! Believe it or not, pine makes great mulch. Some garden plants have a high acidity, and prefer acidic soil.

Using a solution of aspirin and water can prevent certain plant diseases. Dissolve one aspirin and a half for 2 gallons of water. Simply spray your plants with the mixture, and this will help them fend off various diseases. Give your plants a spray of the aspirin-water mixture about one time every three weeks.

TIP! Remember to plan for adequate spacing when you first lay out an organic garden. You can underestimate how much space you need when they are growing.

After your seeds sprout, the containers do not need to stay as warm as they once did. You can begin to move them further from the heat source as they become seedlings. Plastic films should be removed on the containers, as that helps to keep out humidity and warmth. Keep an eye on your seeds so you will know when this should be done.

TIP! Would you like to kill those obnoxious weeds naturally? Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. It is a fact that weeds cannot thrive without light from the sun.

You should add a two to three inch layer of organic mulch to your flower bed. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. Also, the flower beds will look beautifully maintained at all times.

TIP! Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. Bury a glass jar in your garden so that its open mouth is level with the top of the soil.

It never hurts to keep a few bags around the house to protect your floors from dirty gardening shoes. Having these available lets you keep your flow in movement, and helps you return to your gardening fast so you can finish up your day.

TIP! Organic gardening may sometimes require more effort than resorting to chemicals, but the payoff in the end is well worth the work. Although the chemicals may claim greater results, using organic methods to tame your garden will do less harm to your body, and the environment.

Pine can be a wonderful mulch. Some plants do better in soil with high acidity as they are highly acidic themselves. If you have some of these plants, then pine needles are an easy way to add acid to their bed. Cover the surface of the ground with a two-inch layer of the pine needles; as the needles break down, they will release acid into the soil and nourish your plants.

TIP! Change your garden beds every year. When you continuously plant some plants from the same family in the same area every year, disease and fungus is encouraged in these areas.

Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. If you are to use wood, you should make sure that the wood is not treated and is also naturally rot resistant. Examples of good woods include cedar, cypress, and locust. Consider the chemicals that will leach out of the wood before choosing anything that has been treated. Remember the affect that such chemicals will have on your plants and soil. If you must use treated wood, create a barrier, such as with plastic sheet.

Botanical Insecticides

TIP! When preparing to plant a shrub or tree in your garden, consider digging a hole that looks ugly for planting them. If you see that the sides of the hole appear shiny, you've probably packed the dirt to tight, which can interfere with the roots.

Find out more about botanical insecticides to get rid of the pest. In some cases, natural solutions are much more efficient than the chemicals you can buy. However, botanical insecticides do not last as long due to their composition.

TIP! No matter what kind of garden you have, weeds are a pain. This organic weed killer is safer for the environment and you and your family.

Many people have heard the word compost, but do not know how it is made. It is usually made up of grass clippings, leaves, wood chips, organic waste, straws and twigs. You can use a compost instead of a commercial fertilizer and save money.

Are you ready to do some research, do some work outside, and be patient? When you see your garden flourish, you will feel a satisfying sense of accomplishment.

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