In anticipation of spring imagine flowers, popping with color, soon to be in bloom; the cold weather will subside and the desire to get outside and prepare your Spring Garden will be on your mind!  Even if you are new to gardening, you will find it to be an experience of which there is always something to learn.  Organic Gardening is a popular choice, and while it can be a healthy choice to avoid pesticides, there may also be a few things you want to brush up on prior to diving all in.

Before you run out to your local nursery and purchase plants to house within your garden, there are a few things to consider. Each part of the country is divided into zones, which help to determine what plants will best thrive in these particular areas.  Knowing your zone can help speed up the success of your garden.  In addition to understanding the temperate zone you live in, educating yourself on the types of vegetables and fruits you may want to grow is important.  It’s a good idea to start your garden plan on paper.  It’s recommended to layout the design for your garden, determining plant placement and include proper spacing.  You will need to know if you are starting your plants from seeds or starter plants, the full maturity time for each of the plants, and determine the types of nutrients necessary within the soil and proper watering techniques.  All of these steps with increase the chances of a full producing garden.

Once you have designed and planted your organic garden, you might want to learn about the types of pests to watch out for and find proven tactics to ward off these pests when they arrive.  Snails can be one problematic creature in the garden, and while there are several remedies to ridding these pests, the ultimate goal is to protect your plants allowing them to grow.  As you plant seeds and starter plants, use a toilet paper roll at the base of the plant, protecting the stem.  The snails do not like the rough feeling of the cardboard and this will help keep them away.  Another item you can use at the base of your plants is broken up eggshells, again most of the smaller pests trying to make it up your plant, will be deterred as they approach these natural fences.

Keep in mind some insects and bugs are good for the garden, while others are not.  Educating yourself as you see new life within your garden can be a huge asset.  Ants are another pest hard to remove from the garden.  A few tips you may want to try, keeping your area pesticide free, include mixing coffee grounds within or around your soil, or in extreme cases you may wish to spread cornmeal which will help with the removal of the ants.  Another organic option to consider is ordering praying mantis eggs and ladybug larvae, both once acclimated to your garden will eat some of the unwanted insects like aphids.

Allowing your garden to grow organically, free of harsh chemicals and pesticides can take time and patience.  Creating an environment for friendly insects and bugs to cohabitate with your fruits and vegetables is a learning process.  When you reach out to buy those fast acting chemicals to rid your garden of unwanted pests, recall the reason you wanted to start an organic garden in the first place.  Nature is a lovely, complicated mix of life and upon taking the necessary steps to produce the fruits of your labor, you are sure to be pleased with the patience and education you gained in the process, while enjoying a healthy, home grown, home cooked meal!

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