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.
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.
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).