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Great Ideas For Growing Your Own Organic Garden

Organic gardening can be a majorly relaxing hobby, or a major headache. The following article is designed to turn you into a successful and happy organic gardener.

Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. Now, every time you work in your garden, you are going to have a powerful ruler at the touch of your fingertips.

It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. This gives the seeds a better chance of flourishing.

Try to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat’s favorite plants. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet. Read more…

Posted by Michele T. Ricks - April 23, 2014 at 4:57 am

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Great Advice For Growing Great Organic Gardens

In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.

To keep your plants from getting shocked, you need to gradually introduce them to changes in temperature and conditions. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. By the time the week ends, your plants will be ready for their big move and should have no problems!

Bulbs are a great option for people who want to enjoy spring and summer flowers. Bulbs are hardy, easy to grow into flowers, and will blossom for several years. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!

Grow wheat or cat grass in the area around the plants that your cat is eating. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away. Read more…

Posted by Michele T. Ricks - August 7, 2013 at 6:14 am

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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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Growing Healthy: Organic Gardening Tips And Advice

Gardening is an activity you can pursue if you want to have tasty fruits and veggies sprouting to maturity just outside your house. You can make things like salads with freshly picked tomatoes right from your garden, or if you are advanced enough you can even make salads that are completely from your own garden. A wide variety of information is available online, in magazines and in gardening books to help you grow a healthy, luscious garden.

Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.

A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.

Starting off your garden with healthy soil can be the best defense against those pesky garden bugs. If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.

Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. A great way to get rid of them is to use white vinegar. White vinegar will definitely kill the weeds! Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.

Your plants need to be kept dry, but sill receiving a good amount of air. Moisture on your plants is a sure way to attract parasites and disease. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. It is possible to control fungi by using fungicide sprays. However, these sprays should be used before issues become apparent.

Do you enjoy fresh mint, but don’t like how they engulf your garden in their growth? Keep the growth under control by growing them in a large gardening pot instead. Plant the container in the ground, but its walls will hold those roots captive, and will prevent the plant from engulfing your garden!

Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea is effective in combating a fungus problem within your garden.

Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticidal products anywhere in your gardening area. These kinds of pesticides kill the helpful insects that destroy the pests. The helpful insects in your garden can be highly sensitive to pesticides and if their population goes down, the harmful insect population will grow. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.

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Posted by Michele T. Ricks - May 10, 2013 at 3:11 am

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