Make Your Garden Even Greener With These Tips

If you are careful, and use appropriate gardening techniques, it will show. Using these environmentally sound techniques means you care about your own health and that of your garden. It is quite admirable. Just as with any hobby or skill, there is always room for improvement. The following article will help you do that.

Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.

Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.

Pre-soak your seeds to keep them healthy. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.

Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.

Get gardening knee pads if you have low-growing plants. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Your knees can get supported with a decent pair of gardening knee pads.

Fertilize your garden. Manure can help your plants grow quickly, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens. You can choose from many different fertilizers. Do not worry about the kind of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.

You should start pea seedlings indoors instead of planting them outside right at the start. The seeds will grow better in your home if planted there first. The seedlings will also be heartier, which means they can resist pests and diseases better. Transplant them outside when they are fully established and able to thrive.

Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. The beneficial insects, which kill the pests, are much more sensitive to pesticides than the pests. Using them will reduce your population of good bugs, and increase the bad. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.

Sensibly water your garden. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. To protect your plants, keep the flow on the soaker down. Watering your garden for a couple hours while you are working on other tasks is an efficient use of your time.

Now you have the three items you need to make your organic garden a success– tools, products and skill. This means you are adequately prepared and ready to start! The basic tips provided here will give you a good start in building your own body of knowledge as you work. You may have even found something new to employ in your own organic garden.