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Grow Organic Produce For Your Family With These Tips

An organic garden is an interest you have. There is no better time to start than the present! The following tips and tricks will help prepare you for organic gardening success.

Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. Use a high-quality organic soil and as few chemicals as possible.

A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.

Don’t cut your grass too short! Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.

Always fertilize your garden. One type of fertilizer that really helps plants grow is manure, but be sure to utilize a type that is commercially composted to reduce the chances of pathogens. Although there are plenty of fertilizer choices, don’t be concerned with which one you use; just be sure to use one.

Irrigate your garden efficiently. Consider a soaker hose as a way to water multiple plants while saving time. Keeping the water pressure low on your soaking hose will help avoid harm to tender plants. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.

During the hotter parts of the day, vegetables are softer, which means even picking them gently can cause them damage. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.

To be as efficient as possible in the garden, always have your tools handy. Carry your tools in a bucket, or keep them in the pockets of a pair of rugged pants. You should always have your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel close to you.

Using coffee grounds as part of your soil mixture in your garden is often advised for healthy plants. Coffee has a lot of essential nutrients that plants need. Many times, nitrogen is a limiting nutrient in soils. Adding coffee grounds or compost can add nitrogen to your soils will help your plants grow tall and healthy.

It is a great idea to help your garden by ruffling seedlings, either with cardboard or with your own hands, a couple of times each day. Although this method may seem counterproductive, it actually helps the seeds to grow quicker and stronger.

Slugs are a nuisance that can be easily remedied with the use of an organic beer tramp. Get a clean, empty glass jar to use as a trap. Bury it with its mouth facing upwards. Keep putting dirt over the jar until the mouth is at the surface of your garden. Next, fill the jar with beer until there is only one inch left below the mouth of the jar. Slugs will crawl into the jar to get the beer and not be able to get out again.

Rotate the plants that you grow each year by switching up where you plant them. Fungus and disease are more likely to affect plants if they stay in the same location for long periods of time, especially if they belong to the same family. These plant killing phenomena can lay dormant down in the dirt, waiting and willing to strike your next year’s

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Posted by Michele T. Ricks - February 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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