Tip #1. Are
pill bugs & earwigs raising havoc in your garden? Heres an effective trap for
them...take a 8 to 12 inch clay pot and fill it with potato peels (and /or cabbage leaves)
and damp newsprint or rags. Place the pot upside-down in the problem area then check it
every few days. Empty the pests into a tub of hot or soapy water to get rid of them.
Tip #2. Control cabbage root maggot and cutworms
with a piece of 6" square tar paper (available at hardware stores). Simply punch a
1/2" hole in the center and a slit out to one side then slip the square around your
young plants for an effective deterrent.
Tip #3. Is arthritis keeping you from digging up
your garden? Try this neat idea. For all those tools you have trouble holding
onto,(shovels, rakes etc.) slip a piece of foam insulation tube over them. This stuff is
available at building centres, it is used to insulate water pipes and is quite cheap. When
put on tool handles it keeps your hands protected from painful vibration & shock, and
it makes the handle warm and easier to hold onto!
Tip #4.Slip a short section of old garden hose
over the shoulders of your spade. It will give your shoe a better grip, the edges
wont cut into your feet and, if you sharpen the working end with a flat file,
youl be amazed at how much easier you can dig!
Tip #5. Take time to enjoy the flowers!
For theyll be gone before you know it!
Tip #6. Compost tea!
Tip #11. We all know tools work better when they are sharp but how often do we think to
sharpen our shovel? Use a fine mill file to give your shovel a "Tune-up" &
youll be amazed at how much better it will perform! Try it!
Tip #12.Vinegarize your weeds! ...
Yep! straight vinegar effectively kills weeds in unwanted areas. In the lawn, spray it on
dandelions and other nuisance weeds when the weather is nice and dry for a few days. The
weeds will shrivel up and die. This also works great for grass in sidewalk cracks and
other hard to control weed areas. Its even enviro-friendly!
Tip #13.Are the raccoons digging up
your garden or worse yet your garbage?? Try this trick...FOX DROPS! Yes a few drops of fox
urine around the area will keep the coons away for good!. You can buy the stuff at quality
sporting goods stores.
Tip #14. Great earwig bait &
trap. Mix 1 part molasses - 3 to 5 parts water. Fill a shallow jar 1/2" from
the top. Place in troubled area. Empty regularly!
Tip #15 When putting young pepper plants in
the garden, push an empty toilet paper tube over and into the soil around them to
guard against cut worms.
Tip #16 Use an old coffee filter to line
the bottom of clay or plastic pots. Water can still seep out but your soil will remain in
Dont throw out that leftover tea, coffee or even the leftover water from boiling
vegetables... add it to your compost!. These liquids are rich in nutrients and will add
important moisture to your mix!.. throw tea bags & coffee grinds in too!
Tip #7. Dont waste lawn clippings, use them as a wet
mulch to suppress weeds and add good nutrients around the base of shrubs, trees, rhubarb,
potatoes etc. The clippings slow water evaporation and the composting action keeps the
soil warm at night.
Tip #8.When transplanting to new terra Cotta pots be sure
to soak the pots for at least a half hour in water, your plants will take to the
transplanting much better. New pots are very dry & will dehydrate your soil if they
arent soaked first.
Tip #9. Control flea, cucumber, & potato beetles as
well as other bad bugs by dusting your plants lightly with garden lime. Do this in the
morning when the dew is out and the lime will stick better. This also works great on fruit
Tip #10. It is a proven fact that if you pick your lettuce
early in the morning rather than in the evening, youll find it is much, much
sweeter. So no more last minute salads!
Tip #17 Compost all your kitchen scraps!
compost is the best soil builder there is. It builds dark, rich, spongy soil that tills
easily, holds more water and nutrients and grows healthier crops. Composting is not
difficult or messy. You'll find a lot of good books at your local garden shop or library
which show you the various ways to build a compost heap or bin. It's really simple and by
composting all your scraps you'll cut your household garbage by 25%!. Plus you can include
leaves, clippings weeds etc. from the yard...no need to burn them anymore.
Tip #18 Encourage Ladybugs in your garden. They
are known to devour 200 aphids a day as adults and even more in the larval stage. They are
also very voracious predators of scales, spider mites, mealybugs, and other insect eggs.
To encourage them in your garden, plant marigold, butterfly weed and tansy. You can also
purchase a ladybug home or shelter to encourage them to spend the winter in your yard!
Ladybugs are an excellent natural pesticide....so do the right thing and avoid using
chemical pesticides whenever possible.
mature aligator-like Lady bug larva...has a big appetite for aphids! Eggs are
clusters of tiny white or yellow-orange oval upright eggs on leaves near aphid colonies.
Eggs hatch in 3-5 days, babies are solid black about 2mm long (1/16"). Don't spray
them with pesticides! The larva eat aphids for 2-3weeks then they pupate and become adult
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