Some Gardening Tips
Make seaweed tea to water plants low in phosphorus
and potassium: dry seaweed (fresh water or salt water varieties),
rinse well, and soak in water. Also good for watering your compost.
You can mulch plants with seaweed itself.
Use eggshells as deterrents for slugs and snails: break up eggshells
and scatter heavily around melons and other produce that the little
insurgents may bother.
If you have poor soil, plant in prepared pits or pots: Dig a hole
or pick a container and do some pre-planting preparation. If digging
a pit in sandy soil, place old newspaper in the bottom to “hold
the water” then top with a combination of soil and composted
When transplanting seedlings use a grape leaf
or other large sturdy leaf as a shade for the first few days to
keep your “young fella” out of the intense direct
sunlight. For larger transplants, make a lean-to from an inverted
V of cardboard or tin.
Weed Problems?: In the midday sun, pour a bit of white vinegar
on weeds. It takes them out without harming the beneficial elements
in the soil.
Natural Chase: Create your own natural pesticide with chilies,
garlic, neem leaves and berries, salad oil and dish detergent.
Spray today and eat tomorrow.
Crop Rotation: Plant different items in different places and rotate
them. All plants have different needs and will drain the soil
of its richness if repetitively planted in the same spot. Some
plants rebuild the soil’s nitrogen (legumes, for example)
and others naturally repel bothersome critters, so experiment
and have fun. Marigolds repel bean beatles.
Salt of the earth: Try Epsom salts as a natural
When reclaiming seeds for future planting, bathe them in garlic
water, a natural fungicide and dry thoroughly.
Small seeds: Mix them with a bit of sand or dry soil before planting.
This makes them easier to disperse evenly and prevents clumping
Manure Tea: Leave this recipe for the garden. Collect dry manure
from cow and horse pastures. Rinse well and soak for a couple
of days in water. Use tea to feed plants. You may also add other
items such as eggshells and coffee grounds for added benefits.
Plant lemon basil between sulfuric vegetables such as cabbages
and broccoli to keep cabbage moths away.
Encourage lady bugs and praying mantises to visit your plants
and have their fill of pesky pests.
Plant marigolds around the exterior of your garden to keep rodents
and other critters away.
Plant Papayas at the East and West corners of your garden. Their
umbrella-like shape will give your plants shade from the morning
and afternoon sun.
Compost your domestic waste: fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee
grounds, eggshells, lawn and tree clippings and even untreated
paper products all make wonderfully rich soil. Do not include
meat or fat.
If you don’t have a compost, these items may be placed in
a black plastic bag and left in the sun until they break down
into a dark rich material.