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Make sure you take care of your garden the best you can. That is why wise organic gardening tips are important. While the garden itself is important, your real goal is to grow great tasting produce that is healthy and does no harm to the environment or the consumer. Continue on for some helpful organic gardening tips that stick out from the rest.

Properly put down your sod. Start by preparing your soil with care. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Make sure you work with a moist soil. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Compact the sod down so you form a flat and even surface, then fill in any crevices within the sod by using some soil. Water the sod each day for two weeks so it will become well-rooted and ready for foot traffic.

Plant slug-proof perennials. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.

Baking Soda

You don’t need expensive chemicals to treat powdery mildew on plants. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!

All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.

Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.

Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This will keep seeds hydrated and help them to grow faster. This way, the seeds you have planted will have some chance of growing.

Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.

As these suggestions have shown you, anyone can have a successful organic garden. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.

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