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Organic gardening is a hobby that anybody can do in order to relax. Starting to garden can be intimidating at first. How can you become a better organic gardener? Read the information provided below, of course!

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.

You may be able to re-pot some plants to bring indoors for the winter. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.

Coffee Grounds

If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. Using coffee grounds is a less expensive way to make your soil more acidic than trying to replace your topsoil. The right soil will make your vegetables taste better and make your flowers more vibrant and aromatic.

Carefully plan your garden first. Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. You are also less likely to lose smaller members of the larger garden in the overall mix.

If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. Boiling water in a pot is a safe “herbicide.” One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.

Do you enjoy fresh mint leaves though hate how they grow so fast and take over your entire garden? You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.

Be sure to split the irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Plant immediately.

Now you should be able to see why organic gardening can be such an enjoyable activity to participate in. It provides so much opportunity for relaxation in a soothing environment and so much reward when the garden flourishes. Using these tips, you can become an excellent organic gardener.

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