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Give A Little Lift To Your Garden With This Helpful Advice.

Gardening is basically about growing and it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to grow a tree or a head of lettuce. You’re still a gardener if you’re growing plant life. If you garden at all and want some tips on how you can do it organically, make sure you read the article below and use these gardening tips.

When deciding to take up gardening, it is important to study and know your geographical area. Some vegetation simply can’t survive a northern winter. Contrarily, some plants can’t survive a Texas summer. As such, it is important to know where you are and what the plants that you intend on growing can handle.

Use mulch to add nutrients to your soil. Mulch is a much better way to amend your soil than fertilizers because it comes from natural ingredients in your garden. Commercial fertilizers may contain undesirable chemicals. In addition, mulch is free. All you need to do is compost your clippings and yard waste in a compost bin. Before long, you will have enough mulch for your entire garden.

For gardeners in colder climates who want to get their plants started in the outdoor garden a little early, use plastic milk jugs for mini-greenhouses. Cut the bottom off of a milk jug and place over the plant, pushing the jug into the ground enough to keep it in place. Remove the milk jug cap during sunny, but still somewhat chilly days to allow for some air circulation and replace the cap at night to keep the warmth in. When the days are a bit warmer, remove the jug during the day, only replacing it at night, and slowly let your plant acclimate to the weather.

Pay attention to zones when choosing plants for your garden. Most plants will come with the zone marked. This is also true of seeds. Make sure the zone corresponds to your growing zone. Though plants may grow outside of their usual zone, they are less likely to be hardy plants.

Determine what kind of pests you have in your garden before you apply a pesticide spray. No one pesticide can handle every pest problem and you might end up killing off the pests natural predators which will make the problem worse.

If you’re going to grow peas, start them indoors before putting them in the ground outside. When the plants are started inside, the seeds will have an easier time germinating. They will also be healthier and hardier, allowing them to better resist pests and disease. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outdoors after they become better established.

To make a homemade watering can, use an old bottle of detergent! Simply drill holes in the lid of the cap and be sure the bottle has been cleaned thoroughly. The thickness of a detergent container will make this a very sturdy watering can and the handle will allow you to use it with ease.

To make sure you’re able to fully enjoy your garden, keep it simple. A large garden may sound great, but the work involved can make it a major source of stress. The bigger your garden is, the more time you’ll have to spend weeding, watering your plants, and performing routine garden maintenance. A small garden is easy to care for, giving you more time to appreciate your plants.

If you are practicing organic gardening then try using baking soda to prevent powdery mildew from forming on your plants. Simply mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a half teaspoon of mild liquid soap and add to a gallon of water. During humid or damp weather spray your plants which are susceptible to powdery mildew with this mixture each week. The unused mixture cannot be stored and used later.

Make sure you water your garden daily. If you or someone else can’t do it every day, you may want to look at setting up a sprinkler system. The convenience of having a sprinkler system outweighs the cost of it. This way your garden will be watered every day.

Clean up your garden at the end of the growing season. If you clean up your garden when the growing season is over, it will improve the appearance and make less work for you the following year. Remove dead or damaged branches on trees and shrubs, get rid of weeds before they go to seed, and rake any leaves from the lawn. Remove old annual plants and cut perennials to the ground if they normally die back in the winter. Any plant material that isn’t diseased can be put in the compost pile.

It’s always good if you can have some tips to assist you in whatever you’re trying to do. But you do not want to use just any tips. Make sure you use these organic-specific gardening tips instead of just garden-based tips. Organic is its own special genre and you’ll need information like what you’ve read above to grow organically.

Shopper’s Diary: The Little Shop of Flowers in Tokyo

Hidden in a quiet Tokyo alley near the Meiji Shrine’s subway station, The Little Shop of Flowers feels a world away from the teeming crowds of the nearby Harajuku and Shibuya districts.

Florist Iki Yukari, whose background includes a stint in public relations for Band of Outsiders in Tokyo, sells handmade gifts in addition to floral arrangements.

Photography by Aya Brackett.

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Above: The Little Shop of Flowers is tucked away in a courtyard, next door to Eatrip restaurant.

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Above: Yukari also blogs at Letters from The Little Shop of Flowers.

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Above: Handmade gifts include ceramics, dried floral arrangements, and glassware made by local artisans.

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Above: Denim aprons designed by San Francisco-based designer Matt Dick of Small Trade Co. are for sale, along with locally made goods from Japanese artisans.  

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Above: Tip for successful floral arrangements: an off-balanced shape will look more pleasing (and natural) than a perfectly symmetrical bouquet.

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Above: Deep red dahlias, pink peonies, striped grasses, and nicotiana are favorite flowers.

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Above: Hung from the rafters in bunches, dried flowers are used to make permanent arrangements—wreaths, crowns, and posies.

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Above: The Little Flower Shop connects to Eatrip restaurant, owned by Yukari’s friend Yuri Nomura, who learned to cook in London before working at Chez Panisse in Berkeley.

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Above: The restaurant’s terrace is shaded by a billowing canopy, made of simple bolts of cloth.

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Above: Yukari collaborates with Nomura to create the restaurant’s floral arrangements.

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Above: Friends and collaborators.

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Above: The entrance to Eatrip restaurant is shaded and green.

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