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Grow The Healthy Way: Organic Gardening Techniques

Many people are beginning to see how great an organic garden really can be. By following some simple advice, you can get started in the interesting world of gardening in just a little time. Just put these tips to work in your own garden to yield delicious and nutritious results.

Put sod down the right way. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Weed the soil well, and till the entire lawn area. Compact the soil gently but firmly to be certain that it is indeed flat. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Sod must be arranged in staggered rows; each joint should offset one another. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Water the sod every day for a couple of weeks. Then it should be rooted well and ready for foot traffic.

A good way to ensure that your seeds sprout effectively is to start them in smaller pots and then transplant them once they reach the seedling stage. Your plants will be more likely to survive if you do this. This also helps tighten time between plantings. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.

Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.

Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. You can use them between the gaps in shrubs and perennials where there is plenty of sun. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.

Baking Soda

You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Spray this mix on your plants every week and the mildew should go away. No damage will occur to your plants, and the baking soda is mild and efficient.

As you are now well aware, cultivating the perfect organic garden requires patience, effort and time. These tips can be put to use so you can see how great growing a garden can be. You can succeed as an organic gardener. You will have tasty, fresh vegetables and a beautiful addition to your home.

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