Monday, April 21, 2014

Organic garden tips that work

Garden, April 13
Garden, April 13 (Photo credit: jon.roberts)
Most gardeners like to keep their garden as organic as possible, the list below are suggestion that I have tried and have worked for me, this is not saying that they will work in all gardens but they are worth a try.

Using a mixture of 1 oz. of hydrogen peroxide with 32 ozs. of water can help your plants grow a stronger root system.

Here is one my grandmother did to increase the color of her roses - sprinkle one half cup of epsom salts around the base of your mature bushes.

An inexpensive way to avoid getting blackspot and powdery mildew on your roses is to mix about 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 or 3 drops of dish soap in a gallon of water and apply to your roses with a spray bottle.

Used coffee grounds and crushed egg shells spread around the base of your plants will kill slugs, snails and ants. Coffee grounds have proven to get rid of ant mounds – you may have to apply a few times over because of rain but it does work.

To keep ticks away from your garden, plant lavender and peppermint to keep the fleas away. Plant parsley and tansy to attract ladybugs.

Very finely crushed egg shells mixed in your soil will increase the calcium in your soil, that in turn will raise your soil pH making your plants stronger.

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