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  1. 1. Organic Gardening Made Simple With These SuggestionThere is nothing better than making a dinner from food that you have grown in your own garden. Ifyou know what you are doing, gardening can be a fun and exciting adventure. This article will giveyou many tips about gardening, and in no time you will have the garden of your dreams.Try not to cause shock to your plants by graduallychanging their conditions and temperature. Start byplacing your plants outside for a few hours only.After a week, leave your plants outside for twice aslong. By weeks end, you should have plants that areready for a permanent home outside with noproblem!Be realistic about the types of plants you can grow inyour garden. If a particular plant has failed you inthe past, don't try it again. You need to right kind ofclimate, soil, and sun/shade ratio for certain plants.If you don't have it, no amount of effort will makethose plants a success. Choosing realistically willincrease your yield while decreasing your effort.Consider using organic fertilizers in your garden.These are safer than chemical fertilizers, which canbuild up salts in the ground over time. The saltsrestrict the ability of the plants to get water andnutrients from the soil. They can also kill helpfulearthworms and microorganisms which eat thatch.Organize your garden so that all your plants are exposed to the sun most of the time. Your house oryour trees cast shadows: keep in mind that these shadows move throughout the day. You ideallywant your plants to be exposed to the sun in the morning and the afternoon, but not around noon,especially in the summer time.To produce the largest and tastiest fruits and vegetables from vine plants, don't be afraid to pinchoff blossoms, as well as the vine, that often trails far and away from the main plant. If you minimizethe blossoms on a plant and the distance from the plant to those blossoms, the plant is better able toprovide more nutrients to the blossoms that remain which will then result in the biggest and bestfruits and vegetables.Sow plants in succession to each other for a steady harvest. When growing vegetables such as corn,snap peas, and lettuce that mature on a very predictable schedule, make two or three sowings twoweeks apart to lengthen the harvest season. You can also plant two different varieties on the same
  2. 2. day with different maturation times to ensure a longer season.Deadhead annual flowers constantly. This will encourage new growth and promote flowering allseason. With perennials, cut the entire plant down by a third after flowering. It will bush out andprovide you with a new flush of flowers later in the season. At the end of the season, leave the spentflowers on plants until they dry up, and collect the seeds.A spicy solution to ridding your garden of pests is to spray your plants with a hot mustard or redpepper mixture (one tablespoon of hot mustard or red pepper to one quart water). The solution issafe to spray directly on your garden foliage and pests can't stand the taste of it!Pay attention when watering your roses. Until their roots are established roses should be wellwatered, afterwards they will only need watering during dry spells. Water from a can, not a hose,pouring closely to the ground. Splashing the leaves with water can lead to mildew if there isn'tenough sun to dry them off before nightfall.Deter bugs without pesticides with careful planting. Planting marigolds along the edges of yourgarden, or planting garlic, parsley, and basil within your garden can repel bugs without resorting toharsh chemicals. These plants give off strong scents which are unappealing to most insects. Withthese in your garden, pests will steer clear.Pine makes a much better mulch than you might think. Acidic soil is a favorite of garden plants thatare high in acidity. If you are growing these types of plants, simply gather up fallen pine needles foruse in your garden. Using several inches of needles to cover your beds provides acid for the soil asthey begin to decompose.So you have finally decided you want toplant a garden. One of the first things you will want to do is to find out if you have good or bad soil.The only sure way you will know this is to have the soil tested. Many nurseries will test your soil fora nominal fee. Soil with poor health will produce yellow, sickly-looking plants. By having your soiltested, you will know if your soil needs nutrients added or if you need to make adjustments to the pHof the soil.When starting your own organic garden, you shouldmake sure you choose the right medium for growingyour plants. Different plants need different mediums.Many of your seedlings should be replotted into a largercontainer before you put them in your garden. However,some plants, such as melons and cucumbers, must gofrom their original containers directly into your garden.Blend flowering fruit shrubs into your regularlandscape. Don't have a separate area to turn into agarden? Elderberries, blueberries and currants have pretty flowers in springtime and look great inthe fall as well. The side benefit of these landscape-enhancing plants is all the fruit they produce foryou to enjoy.You will need to rotate the plants on a regular basis when you have an indoor organic garden. Plants
  3. 3. need to get light from all directions in order to grow properly. If they are not rotated, plants willbend toward a light source, which can actually cause them to produce less fruits and vegetables,than they would have if they had been rotated.By adding a nice layer of bio-degradable material (mulch) around your plants, you can utilize thenatural pest-fighting ability within the mulch fastener tools to stop predators to your plants. Byputting a one to two inch layer around your plants, you are also adding a source of nutrients and asource of water.Try using ladybugs rather than pesticides to protect your plants from insects. You can order largequantities of ladybugs from horticulture supply stores for very little money. If you release them nearyour garden, they will eat pests such as aphids, leaf hoppers, mites and other soft bodied insects,helping to protect your plants from these unwanted critters in the process.In conclusion, organic gardening is a very broad subject that covers a lot of horticulture productsand techniques. There are some right ways and wrong ways to apply this knowledge, but there is somuch potential for making your garden unique. Hopefully, this article has given you some advice onhow to make organic gardening work for you.