Category Archives: Gardening

Gardening Helpful Hints

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    Lavender improves a strawberry crop.

    Planting lavender in your strawberry bed will improve the crop.

  • Thyme deters cabbage worms, mint deters cabbage moths, and basil deters mosquitoes.
  • To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap .
  • Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright color to help you find them amongst your plants.
  • Keep a box in your garden for easy tool storage.
  • Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence.
  • Milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers make covers to place over your plants and protect them from frost.
  • Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss .
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the bottom of your rain gauge. The level will be easily read the next time it rains.
  • Prevent agressive plants from taking over your garden by planting them in a plastic container.

Gardening Helpful Hints

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    Gardening Helpful Hints

    Cut flowers from the garden in late evening or early morning to ensure freshness.

  • Cut the stems  under water on a diagonal.  This will ensure the stem absorbs moisture.
  • Add 2 tbsp vinegar and 3 tsp sugar to water to allow cut flowers to last longer
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp of Epsom salts around geraniums to make them bloom more often.
  • Once a month dissolve an aspirin in a cup of tea and feed to plants to speed up growth.
  • Use yogurt lid as a plant pot stand to protect furniture.
  • Grow houseplants from avocado pits, orange pits, carrot tops, pineapple tops and tomatoes.
  • Place a coffee filter in your pot before potting plants to prevent soil leakage.
  • Use old ice cube trays to start plants
  • Store flower bulbs in winter in old nylon stockings.  Hang and allow the air to circulate around them.
  • Use used nylons to stake up trees and tender plants.

Planting pairs for Spring Planting

It’s January and the snow is starting to come.  Usually by December we’ve had a couple of months of snow but this year we have had an unusually green season.  So I usually have cabin fever in January and I start dreaming about plants and gardening.

Listed below are planting pairs ( Plants that should be planted together to prevent bugs and disease).

Planting Pairs