Gardening tips

Would it be great to start the gardening season without too much hustle and too much work? Well, we can. But to achieve this goal, we need first to do some gardening work. By working and preparing our gardens now, we can be at ease that even during the coldest months of winter; our gardens are well protected by the freezing cold that winter brings.

Here are 5 Things You Can Do This Fall to Start Next Year’s Garden

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1. Choose your garden space

The crops that you plan to grow for next year’s gardening season will determine where and what part of your garden would you most likely prepare. If what you have in mind for your next year’s crops are the fruiting vegetables, then, a spot where plants can receive a lot of sun is what you will need. If leafy greens are your thing, then a location that has a mix of sun and shade is what you will need to address in your garden.

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A great year-round activity for the whole family, growing sweet potatoes is easy and enjoyable and when successful, you will have all the sweet potatoes that you can eat and some extra to share.

Easy Steps to Grow Sweet Potato Slips

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1. Use Organically Grown Sweet Potatoes

The first thing you need when growing sweet potato slips are previously harvested or locally sold organic sweet potatoes. Chemically treated sweet potatoes are sometimes treated to avoid sprouting.

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Keeping your garden healthy and beautiful without contributing in the destruction of the environment is the main objective of every organic gardener around the world. One way to achieve this is by using gardening remedies which are organic in nature.

Ever since gardeners went organic in their vegetable gardens, natural remedies for common garden pests have shot off the roof. Many store depots that concentrate on gardening products went overtime in developing environment friendly, inexpensive, and readily available ingredients that can be made to combat these common and destructive garden problems. In fact, gardeners also went on to experiment on the best solutions for their own garden problems until they perfected their own formulas on how to stop and control the different problems that have risen in their area. Today, there are a lot of different ways on how to deal with the common problems in the garden organically.

There are things that you can use to get rid of garden pests or you can make your own organic remedies for your garden problems. Most of these remedies are very easy to make and you can find most of the things you need in making these in your kitchen. Making your own organic traps, pesticides, and insecticides are a plus, as you are sure that what you’re using to get rid of the different pests in the garden is 100% organic and that these will not harm your plants.

Here are the different organic remedies that you can make to get rid of garden pests:

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1. Beer Trap for Slugs and Snails 

Slugs and Snails love beer so much that for them it is a drink to die for, LITERALLY! To set up a beer trap for these pests, all you need is a container for the beer. An old ball, cups, and bowls will do. Bury the container in the garden, just until it is the same level with the soil. Next, fill the container with beer. When the slugs and snails come for the beer, they will get stuck into the container and the slugs will drown in the process.

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2. Eggs and Water Deer Repellent

In a blender, combine 4 pieces of eggs with a quart of water. Blend until it is mixed properly. After mixing, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it on your garden plants. The fragrance of the egg and water mixture will keep deer away from your garden.

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3. Milk and Water Spray Solution

Black spots on your roses? No problem! You can get rid of black spots on your roses with the help of milk and water. Mix 1 part milk and 2 parts water, then put the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the leaves of your roses to get rid of the black spots.

Aside from being a very good solution for black spots on your roses, milk and water mixture is also great in treating mildew and other plant fungus. Mix equal parts of water and milk in a container and spray the mixture on your infected plants. Make sure to spray your infected plants with this mixture three times a week.

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4. Hot Pepper Spray

Mix one cup of the hottest peppers that you can find with two cups of water in a blender and voila, you have made the best organic insecticide in the world. Put the mixture on a spray bottle and spray it on your plants. This hot pepper spray will help kill destructive insects such as spider mites, aphids, and mealy bugs.

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5. Dish Soap Spray

A dish soap mixed with water is a very effective organic insecticide. Mix a tablespoon of dishwashing soap into a half gallon of water. Put the mixture on a spray bottle and spray it on your plants. When the insects are sprayed with this mixture, their outer skin will dry out and they will die.

 

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6. Vinegar Weed Spray

One of the best solutions for your weed problem in your garden is found in the kitchen. Vinegar is a very effective weed remover. Spray undiluted vinegar on weeds in your garden daily, and in about a week or two, your weed problem in the garden will just be a thing in the past.

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7. Garlic Spray Solution

Mix an entire bulb of garlic and two cups of water in a blender. Wait until the garlic is properly blended, and then transfer the mixture in a clean container and let it sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, strain the mixture in a container and add a gallon of water. Spray the mixture on your garden plants once a week to get rid of pests such as spider mites, aphids, and white flies.

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8. Garlic & Pepper Spray Solution

Mix 10 garlic cloves with 1 tablespoon of hot pepper, add 3 medium onions and boil them in 1 liter of water. After about 10 minutes of boiling, reduce the fire and simmer it for another 10 minutes. After simmering, leave it to cool overnight. When cooled, add two tablespoons of milk and store the mixture in an airtight container.

To apply this mixture in the garden, dilute 1 cup of the mixture to 9 liters of water and spray it all over your garden. The garlic and pepper spray solution can kill garden pests such as cabbage worms, caterpillars, hornworms, aphids, and flea beetles.

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9. Sticky Traps

You can buy sticky traps or you can simply make them yourself. Sticky traps are very easy to make and are very effective in getting rid of whiteflies and fungus gnats. Using an Eco-friendly waterproof paint, paint a 4”x8” cardboard on both sides and set it to dry. After that, apply Vaseline into the painted cardboard. Place the painted cardboard with Vaseline above your plants.

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10. Ant Traps

If you want to get rid of ants in the garden, all you have to do is make a mixture of sugar and borax in a bowl or container. If borax is not available, you can use cornmeal. To use the sugar-borax solution, scatter it on the ants’ route. The ants will gather the sugar-borax solution and will bring it back to their nest. Borax or cornmeal are deadly to ants, and when they consume the mixture, it will kill them.

Here are the different things that you can use in getting rid of garden pests:

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1. Eggshells

Do not throw your eggshells away as these are very useful in the garden. If you are experiencing a blossom end rot problem in your garden, you can easily treat and control this by using eggshells. Take some eggshells and then crush them, after that, mix the crushed eggshells into the soil around your plants. As the eggshells dissolve and decompose, the calcium that is released from the dissolving eggshells will be absorbed by the roots of the plants.

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2. Ziplocs

Fruit bearing trees are prone to diseases and insect attacks. You can protect your fruits by bagging them or covering them. Get Ziplocs that are big enough for fruits to fit inside. Cover fruits that are just the size of a quarter with Ziplocs. Staple the Ziplocs and put holes at the bottom and lower corners of the Ziplocs for drainage.

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3. Isopropyl Alcohol

Just like the soap and water mixture, isopropyl alcohol also kills insects by drying out the insects’ waxy layer coverings. To apply isopropyl alcohol on your plants, all you have to do is soak some cotton swabs into the alcohol and then wipe the affected area of your plant with the cotton swab. This method is very simple, yet a very effective one!

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4. Hair

Who would have known that human hair can be used as a remedy for our garden problems? You can go to a salon near you and ask the owner of the salon if you can collect some hairs that have been cut from their customers. Once you have collected some hairs, the next thing you’ll do is cut them into small sizes. After cutting the hairs, sprinkle them in your garden.

The sprinkled hairs will prevent raccoons, possums, rabbits, and cats from destroying your garden. The hairs will also add nutrients in the soil that are beneficial to your plants when they break down.

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5. Organic Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is very effective in controlling corn earworms. However, you have to choose the right time to apply mineral oil on your corn crops, as this is very important. Do not apply the oil before pollination, because the corn ear will not pollinate properly, which will result to your crop wilting. Wait until the silks have turned brown on the ends, as this is a sign that the pollination is complete then you can apply mineral oil.

Using a dropper, place 5 drops of organic mineral oil at the tip of the corn ear. If you want to have the best possible corn harvest, apply mineral oil every season and do not wait until your corn is infested by earworms before applying mineral oil.

 

Do you want to have your very own succulent collection but you have no idea if what succulent varieties are the best to plant? Here are eight of the most beautiful and easiest succulent species that can be grown even for a beginner.

 

8 Best Succulents for Beginners

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1. Echeveria

Echeveria Glauca and Echeveria Elegans are the best species recommended for beginners. These two species of echeverias can be easily grown and maintained, and when they bloom, their lovely blue flowers are a sight to behold.

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Growing your very own zucchini does not require a lot of space. A large container can do the job for you. Just follow these 6 simple steps and you will be growing your own zucchinis in no time.

6 Tips to Grow Zucchini in Pots

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1. Use Your Best Potting Soil for Your Zucchini

Using a 5 gallon container, fill it up with the best potting soil that you have. Drill some holes in your container. The holes will act as drainage to your container planter. To settle the soil in your container, water it thoroughly. Add more soil to your planter as it settles.

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