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150 Organic and Natural Gardening Tips ~ Part Three ~ 50 to 75 - November 2022

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Let's start we the next 25 Tips, Hints, Tricks and Facts for Natural Gardening.

March is all about getting ready for Spring and preparing for the summer growing season. It is a good time to start to make plans to plant something new every year. You never know what you might really enjoy and you get to learn something new every season.learn tips such as 'Don’t cut foliage from bulbs that have flowered and faded. The faded blooms may be cut, but the foliage provides food to the bulb for next year'.

51.   Pick your peas regularly - it will encourage the plants to grow more of them.
52.   Wash edible blossoms first in salt water, then rinse in cold water to remove dirt and insects.
53.   Pick flowers early in the morning for best results for fresh arrangements or preserving.
54.   Use native plants in your landscaping whenever possible. They grow naturally in your climate and are less susceptible to insects and disease that occur in your area.
55.   Rotate your crops each year to help reduce pest and disease problems, as well as correct nutrient deficiencies and excesses.
56   Divide plants in the cool of the evening to avoid dehydration. Replant as soon as possible.
57.   Check the labels on seed packets and new plants - “sun” means direct sunlight at least 8 hours a day. “Shade” means less than 4 hours of sunlight, and “partial sun” means between 4 and 6 hours of sunlight a day.
58.   Coffee grounds make excellent mulch around acid-loving plants.
59.   A plant not receiving enough sun will be misshapen, won’t bloom, and is likely to die. A plant receiving too much sun is burned, stressed, and also likely to die.
60.   Monochromatic gardens often make the most harmonious gardens. You can choose a dramatic bright color such as vivid orange, a soothing soft color such as soft lavender or white, or any shade in between.
61.   Boundaries of fences, stone walls, and hedges give order and design to your garden. Paths are important for movement and maintenance.
62.   Think ahead when planning trees. Think of how big they will be in 20 years, where their roots will grow and how their shade will fall.
63.   Don’t pile mulch against tree trunks. It spreads disease and pests.
64.   Bats are the best weapon against insects you can find. Many in North America feed exclusively on insects and eat more than birds and bug zappers combined.
65.   Use height, contrast and color to draw the eye to a particular part of your yard or garden you want to draw attention to.
66.   Start tomato seeds indoors and plant the seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Plant them in rich soil with a trellis or stake to climb. They also like full sun.
67.   A garden soil that has been well mulched and amended periodically requires only about a 1” layer of compost yearly to maintain its quality.
68.   The longer the growing season, the more compost is needed in the soil. A longer growing season requires more nutrients and organic matter in the soil.
69.   When you water, try to water deeply and thoroughly. Frequent, shallow waterings train your plants to keep their roots near the surface, making them less hardy and more likely to suffer when deprived of water even for a short period.
70.   Plants such as garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums scattered around the yard and garden help repel insects.
71.   Plant something new every year. You never know what you might really enjoy and you get to learn something new every season.
72.   Mulch prevents weeds.
73.   When planting a new tree, look for the dark mark on the trunk that indicates how deeply the tree was set in the soil at the nursery and plant it at the same depth.
74.   Don’t cut foliage from bulbs that have flowered and faded. The faded blooms may be cut, but the foliage provides food to the bulb for next year.
75.   Work compost into the soil you plant amaryllis in, and feed it with worm tea. They both contain nutrients to promote strong bulbs and lead to larger blooms.

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