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Gardening is a complex hobby, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. If you plan on horticulture the natural way, you might have to understand certain complexities like the soil’s PH balance and bug fighting concoctions. It can be hard for a rookie to grow organic. Be sure you can hang with even the pros by using the tips you learn from this article.

Lay sod properly. Prior to laying the sod, prepare your soil. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Make sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Pat down the sod and fill any gaps with soil. Once it is in place, the sod requires frequent watering for at least two weeks. This is usually the amount of time it takes for the sod to grow roots, making it ready to grow seamlessly into place.

TIP! Starting seedlings in pots before planting in your garden is a smart idea. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants.

Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Place them outdoors in the sun for about an hour or two on the first day. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.

Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. By waxing the shovel head, the clay will not be able to adhere to the surface.

Baking Soda

TIP! Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants.

There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.

Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.

Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.

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