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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 material.

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 plant food.

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 of seedlings.

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.

 

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