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150 Organic and Natural Gardening Tips ~ Part Two ~ 25 to 50 - September 2022

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

February is all about getting ready for Spring and preparing for the summer growing season. It is a good time to start to make plans some seeds or to take cuttings from healthy clematis plants. Each cutting should include at least on undamaged leaf joint. Dip in cutting gel and plant in paper or peat pots. Clematis do not take to transplanting, so be sure to plant them in the soil pot and all.

While you sit by the fire, have a look at some new landscaping idea or look at using a color wheel to find neighbors and opposites colours for your flowering plan designs. Begin with a color wheel to design a beautiful, purposeful garden. Avoid simply throwing colors together but put a little time into planning.

Plan now for healthy garden. Check out these next 25 tips...

26.   Variety and balance are keys to good landscaping. Color, density, size, shape and contrasting colors should all be considered.
27.   Morning sun is more beneficial than afternoon sun.

28.   Fertilize before a rain whenever possible.

29.   Transplant seedlings to larger containers after they have grown 2 pairs of leaves.
30.   Don’t use garden soil as potting soil in containers. Its quality and texture is variable; it may drain poorly or be too loose and drain too quickly. It is also more likely to contain diseases, weed seeds and insects.
31.   When choosing plants for your yard or garden, analyze your specific sunlight, soil, and climate first. Choose plants accordingly.
32.   Learn to tell bulbs’ noses from their basal plates, and plant them heads up.
33.   Bare spots on your lawn? Find an interesting native ground cover and plant it in an appealing design on the bare spot.
34.   Water well before and after applying mulch to give your landscaping a good beginning.
35.   Use a color wheel to find neighbors and opposites. Begin with a color wheel to design a beautiful, purposeful garden. Avoid simply throwing colors together but put a little time into planning.
36.   Soak bare root plants in water for several hours to prepare them for planting after their dehydration.
37.   Prepare beds for annuals and small plants by working in plenty of organic material, layer mulch on top, then gently stick the transplants through mulch to the appropriate depth.
38.   Garden hydrangeas’ color can be manipulated with the soil pH. Pink and red hydrangeas turn blue and purple in acid soils, while blue hydrangeas turn pink in alkaline soils.
39.   Late spring and early summer is the best time to side-dress with compost your rapidly growing plants. Gently scratch the compost into the soil, taking care to start it about an inch away from the stem.
40.   Garlic, leeks and shallots make excellent container plants. They typically have few insect or disease problems, don’t have deep roots and don’t take up much space.

41.   Do not fertilize during the fall or the winter.
 

42.   In general, thinner leaved plants need more water to stay alive, thicker leaved plants need less.
43.   Beneficial insects are attracted to your garden by coreopsis, feverfew, and sweet alyssum.
44.   Like flowers in your yard but don’t like the work that annuals present? Plant perennials instead; they come up year after year.
45.   Egg cartons make excellent seed starters. Punch a hole in the bottom for drainage, fill with potting soil, plant your seeds and watch them flourish!
46.   For a great crop of peas, start them indoors. The germination rate is far better, and the seedlings will be healthier and better able to fight off pests and disease.
47.   Like potatoes but don’t have much garden space? Try potatoes in barrels or other large containers. Start the potatoes indoors to give them a good head start. Start the potatoes deep in the pot, then fill in the soil as the stems grow upwards.
48.   Cinnamon makes an excellent natural fungicide. Mix in your potting soil when planting seeds to prevent damping off of the seedlings.
49.   Compost is not a fertilizer. It builds up organic matter in the soil.

50.   Take cuttings from healthy clematis plants. Each cutting should include at least on undamaged leaf joint. Dip in cutting gel and plant in paper or peat pots. Clematis do not take to transplanting, so be sure to plant them in the soil pot and all.

Join us next month when we look at another 25 tips for a healthier garden




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