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Growing Veggies And Fruit Organically: Tips And Tricks

Learning the many intricacies of gardening can be intimidating and even discouraging. Like most things worthwhile, devoting a little time and effort can yield promising results. We truly hope that these tips will get you started on a lifetime of successful, happy, gardening and learning.

Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Place the handles on the floor, then set a measuring tape alongside them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.

Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnight. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.

Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Almost all vegetables need this much sunlight, so that they can grow correctly and in a shorter amount of time. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.

Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. If you spend a large portion of your gardening session on your knees, it could create pain over time. Your knees can get supported with a decent pair of gardening knee pads.

Split up irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. The bulbs split in your hand, then you replant them, and they will most likely flower next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Each new piece you cut should possess at least one healthy offshoot. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.

Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. 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. Some examples of evergreens that produce berries and color in the wintertime are the American Holly, Cranberrybush, the Winterberry and the Common Snowberry.

Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. Spending a lot of time near the ground working is very hard on the knees, so a lightweight and portable garden stool will make gardening more comfortable. You will need a wheelbarrow in order to perform various gardening chores, it is a good thing to have on hand.

One particular plant should be the focal point of your garden. A focal point, in a strong garden design, will attract eyes and hold them there. Frequently, it will be a plant that’s very different from others in the neighborhood.

Water your garden regularly and smartly. You can water efficiently by using a soaker hose which will eliminate the necessity of watering each plant one by one with a nozzle, or having to use a water can that you have to refill over and over. Turn down the water pressure to its lowest setting, as anything higher could harm the plants. Give it a few hours to water the plants so you have schedule freedom to tend to other matters.

When gardening, protecting your knees is important. Many people find it difficult to bend

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Posted by Michele T. Ricks - June 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

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