Useful Organic Gardening Tips

When it comes to gardening, everybody needs practice to pick up those unwritten wisdoms that almost no one will tell you. That’s why gardening is one of those hobbies that requires both theoretical knowledge and practice in order to result in a healthy, great-looking garden. Here are some useful gardening tips that will help you get one up on your neighbor.

• Mulch your flower beds and trees with 3’’ of organic material – it conserves water, adds humus and nutrients, and discourages weeds. It gives your beds a nice, finished appearance;
• Mulch acid-loving plants with a thick layer of pine needles each fall. As the needles decompose, they will deposit their acid in the soil;
• The most important step in pest management is to maintain healthy soil. It produces healthy plants, which are better able to withstand disease and insect damage;
• Aphids? Spray infested stems, leaves and buds with a very dilute soapy water, then clear water. It works even on the heaviest infestation;
• Compost improves soil structure, texture and aeration, and increases the soil’s water capacity. It also promotes soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development;
• Look for natural and organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers, such as the use of compost. Our use of inorganic fertilizers is causing a toxic buildup of chemicals in our soil and drinking water;
• When buying plants for your landscape, select well-adapted plant types for your soil, temperature range, and sun or shade exposure.

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