Gardening – Tips & Tricks
If you plan on spending some time in the garden these holidays, here are a few tips & tricks you might find handy.
Treat your garden with all natural substitutes, here are a few options:
Option 1: For weed and grass free garden paths, sprinkle baking soda 2-4 times a year on it.
Option 2: 3L vinegar, 1/2 cup salt, dash of dish washing detergent (makes it stick to the weeds).
Mix well, spray on weeds in the morning. This works best on a sunny day.
Encourage green growth of your plants by applying a solution of 2 tablespoons salt to 1 gallon water once a month. Magnesium and sulfur from the salt make leaves grow bushier and encourage flowering plants to bloom more often.
Each time you crack an egg open, instead of tossing the shell into the trash, drop it into an open container that you keep in the fridge. When the container is full, crush the shells into small bits and sprinkle them around the base of your plants. The sharp eggshells will deter slugs, snails, and other bugs from nibbling on your garden and add a touch of calcium to the soil.
To get rid of ants, put small piles of polenta where you see ants. They eat it or take it home to the others. They can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
Fill in large garden pots with empty cans and plastic bottles to add drainage AND take up space, so you save soil.
Recycled landscape cloth
Instead of purchasing expensive landscape cloth, use several sheets of newspaper as you would landscape cloth. Wet the newspaper, then cover with mulch. It allows moisture into the soil and blocks most weeds for at least 3 years. Eventually the newspaper composts into the soil.
Choosing the right peppers – Flip the bell peppers over to check their gender. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking.
Beautiful Roses – Flatten a banana peel and bury it under 2.5cm of soil at the base of a rosebush. The peel’s potassium feeds the plant and helps it resist disease.
Sweet Tomatoes - Sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.
Rooting Hormone - Use cinnamon as a substitute for rooting hormone. It also kills fungus and bacteria at the same time.
Remember, include your children in your gardening these holidays to keep them busy and creating an activity you do together as a family.