If ants are a problem, try sprinkling a mixture of ground cinnamon and dried catnip around the porch and outdoor areas. A good place to buy ground cinnamon and dried catnip is the Dollar Tree. Look for the cinnamon in the spice aisle and the catnip in the pet section.
Moles dislike thorns and sticky objects. Find their burrows and push blackberry, raspberry or rose canes with thorns into the burrows. The moles will usually abandon these areas.
Put old Halloween masks to good use. Hang them on poles or fences to scare birds and squirrels away. Look in the toy section of the Dollar Tree for rubber masks and other scary items.
Side dressing tomato and pepper plants every three weeks will increase yields. Lightly scratch in 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts around the stem of each plant. Water it in well. To prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes, push a few Tums Or Rolaids into the soil. Both contain calcium and will help prevent cat facing and blossom end rot.
To remove garden stains from skin and fingernails, make a paste of peroxide and baking soda. Rub it in well, wait a moment or so and rinse it off.
Punch holes in the bottom and sides of a few gallon milk jugs. Set the jugs in the garden next to thirsty herbs or vegetables, and fill them with water. The water will slowly leak out into the soil. This is a good idea for newly transplanted vegetables and herbs.
Use an old dish drainer/rack to carry hand tools while gardening. Afterwards, stand the tools straight up in the rack. Give them a quick spray with the garden hose. They’ll dry fast and with no rust spots.
Save those plastic handle type grocery bags. They make great “instant boots” for messy yard work and gardening. Just slip the bags on over your shoes and tie the handles around your ankles. Toss them away when you’re done.
To have garden twine handy when you need it, just stick a ball of twine inside a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole, and place the pot upside down in the garden.
The next time you prepare hard – boiled eggs, save the water you cook them in. When it’s cool, use this vitamin rich water on your herb plants.
Save all your egg shells, and place them on wax paper to dry. Once they’re dry, crumble them in a bag and scatter the shells in the garden. Eggs shells are a natural source of calcium, and the shells will deter slugs and cutworms.
Give your tomato and pepper plants a gentle shake several times each week. This will help set fruit quickly.
June blessings going out to our friends at Mystical Magical Herbs.
~ Meadow Walker