By Aaron Colier

You have many options available to enable you to grow a vivacious and colorful organic garden of your very own. Before tackling such a project, it is important to be prepared.

Grow garlic that is organic. Garlic cloves may be planted in soil with good drainage in either the spring or fall. Plant them an inch or two below the soil line with the pointed end facing the sky. Each clove should be around 4 inches from the one beside it. You can cut the sprouts as they grow and use them to replace scallions and chives. The bulbs are ready to harvest when the tops start to turn brown. Dry the bulbs in the sun in order to harden their skin. Store the bulbs separately or tied in loose bunches in a cool place.

Use a mixture of six parts water with one part of milk regularly as a plant spray. This mixture helps to prevent mildew from forming on the plants. You can keep this mixture for three weeks in your refrigerator. Use it every day until all traces of mildew are gone.

Want to make organic gardening less complicated? Stick to native plants, grasses, flowers and bushes when you plan out your landscape. If you choose groups of plants that all mesh with each other in terms of optimal soil conditions, weather requirements and plant interaction, you won't need to do as much work to get the plants to coexist peacefully. This way, your plants will thrive using compost created from other regional ingredients.

If you are constantly battling aphids, soapy water could be a great way to combat your issue. Take the soapy water and spray it all over the plant. When you are finished, repeat the process with clean water.

Organic gardening is a relaxing hobby that will give you a great sense of satisfaction. Organic gardening is an excellent lesson in the plant life cycle and how to get the most from the planting process.

By planting garlic around your garden, you can deter bugs from taking up residence. Pests often dislike the smell of garlic and go out of their way to avoid it. Take care to plant the garlic near the perimeter of your garden or by plants that often become infested with bugs. And, one extra plus from planting garlic is that it's edible.

Save rainwater! Use barrels, buckets or any other appropriate containers to provide water for your garden. This will help you reduce your water bill. Rainwater is plentiful and free. Water from natural rainfall is a great resource for your plants.

To keep your houseplants happy during the day, your thermostat should be set anywhere between 65 and 75 degrees. This is the optimum temperature to ensure strong growth. If this is a little too warm for your house, grow your organic plants under a heat lamp.

When mulching your flowerbed or garden, most people recommend adding about three inches of mulch. The mulch retains moisture, enriches the soil, and prevents weeds from growing. Mulch also makes your garden appear neat and well cared for.

Maneuver the trees you plant around your home so that they are in a location that is optimal for shade over the home. Your trees can provide natural cooling by shading your house.

Water your plants appropriately for the climate. Knowing how much to water your plants can be a difficult task. You will want to look into various things, such as time of day, quality of water and type of soil. For example, if your climate is humid and warm, you should not water the leaves because it will encourage leaf fungus. Instead, the roots should be thoroughly watered.

Know what to look for when you purchase the plants that you will use in your garden. This is especially important when buying annual or perennial plants. Get budded plants, but avoid the ones in bloom. This is so they can start growing a stronger root system in your garden.

You now know what organic gardening is about, and exactly how to achieve excellent results. There is a ton of info out there when you know the right places to look, and your job is to take that information to apply it to your gardening. Using this advice, you will find the best way to create your dream organic garden.

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