| A good way to get rid of|
aphids/greenfly is to soak crushed garlic in warm water. Leave
for about six hours or more then strain.
Put the strained liquid into a
To tie back large plants without
| Bamboo canes used for staking|
tomato plants etc., are sometimes prone to splitting at the ends and
don’t always last that long.
Take a trip to your local
I’ve been using a set of 15 for
One year I ran out of plant
taking cuttings use one of the cheap plastic beakers which you can buy
25 at a time in whatever size you want. Fill it with
vermiculite, dip cuttings in rooting powder and put several in the
beaker. Water in but only until the water reaches halfway and
leave in a warm place. This method enables you to see if
cuttings have rooted and you do not need to tug them to check.
|If you start|
your own seeds put them between some wet coffee filters to check the
Then when planting in pots, put a wet
|Clear plastic soup and|
pasta sauce containers are ideal for putting over new cuttings to keep
the moisture in. The writing is on stick on labels which simply pull
off and then you will find that the container is an excellent fit over
the plant pot.
|A small length of hosepipe|
wound between plants helps keep off cats and birds as they don’t like snakes.
|Protect tender plants during|
winter by lining hanging baskets with straw then turn over and place over plant.
|A piece of wood placed upright|
in a plastic water barrel will prevent the barrel splitting when it freezes.
|An old plastic sweet jar|
(available from most sweetshops) makes an ideal propagator. Lay sweet jar
horizontally and place plant tray inside. Replace lid.
|To “age” new garden|
statues, smear with natural yoghurt. Algae will quickly cover the item making it
|If you don’t have a spreader|
for dry fertilizer etc., use an old coffee jar. Drill holes into the plastic lid,
fill with fertiliser which can then be shaken as and when required.
blankets to line hanging baskets, these can be purchased for a few
pence at car boot/jumble sales.
Sent in by
|To water hanging baskets|
slowly and gently. Place a handful of ice cubes in the centre of the basket
overnight. The cubes will thaw slowly and water the plants.
|If you have problems with|
moles in the garden, find the run and place a small piece of gorse in the bottom.
The prickles on the gorse will stop them returning.
|Alternatively, a child’s|
“windmill” (the sort you get at the seaside) poked into the ground above the run
causes vibrations which deters moles.
|Cut top and|
bottom off large
plastic bottles to use as sleeve and arm protectors when pruning or hedging.
|Banana skins placed around|
rose bushes will rot down and provide nutrients.
|Line flower pots with damp|
paper when planting as this will help preserve moisture.
|A natural way of removing|
flying insects/eggs etc. in greenhouses is by using a vacuum cleaner.
|To prevent ladders sinking|
into foliage when hedging, get a piece of timber approximate 4ft in length and nail two
short lengths of drainpipe the same width as your ladder, at right angles. (making a sort
of —H— shape). Place the top edge of your ladder into the drainpipes.
The plank spreads the weight across the hedge.
|Wipe tools with an oily rag|
before putting them away to keep them in good order for next time.
|Plant bulbs in a buried flower|
pot which can then be lifted when bulbs have finished flowering.
blackfly on runner beans, use cold washing up water in an empty
washing up liquid bottle and that way you can reach the topmost part
of the plant.
Making your own liquid feed for tomatoes, peppers, aubergines:
tips for the gardener.
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