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Gardening can be very complicated, when you look at it more closely. Choosing to garden organically means learning about many details, such as your soil’s acidity or what sort of insects live in your garden. It can be difficult to switch to organic horticulture methods for a beginner. Learn more about organic gardening by reading the helpful tips below.

Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.

TIP! Cover any wall or fence with climbers. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls.

Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.

Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.

Prior to planting a garden, think through what you want to do. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. It can also keep you from planting any of your garden favorites too close to each other.

TIP! It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Think about saving your resistant plants or the expensive ones.

You should start pea seedlings indoors instead of planting them outside right at the start. When the plants are started inside, the seeds will have an easier time germinating. This method also results in hardier seedlings that can better resist insects and disease. After the seedlings have grown strong indoors, it will be time for you to transplant them to outdoor beds.

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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Posted on Apr 12, 2017

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