Today it really feels like spring! No rain, no wind, no clouds – a whole day to play outside in the garden. I’ve been watching Gardening DVD’s for inspiration or for something to do when my muscles are just too tired to do anything else. I copy every tip I hear or read onto 3″ x 5″ index cards. I have stacks of them overflowing with enough good ideas to last a life time. I thought I would share some with you, maybe inspire some digging in the dirt or at least dreaming about doing so.
If your kitty likes to garden too, this will make sure it gets the point – stick round wooden toothpicks in your pots, pointy end sticking out of the dirt enough to make an uncomfortable sitting spot. Also old used teabags sprayed with muscle spray and buried around plants will deter kitty coming to that spot. They don’t like the smell.
Spray a band of WD 40 or smear a band of vaseline around the outside of a large pot to keep slugs and snails from crawling up and into it.
Line terra-cotta pots with a plastic bag. Make a hole in the center for drainage. It won’t dry out as quickly as clay pots tend to.
An old apple corer makes a great dibber for planting little seedlings.
Paint over your plant labels with clear nail polish. That will make sure your labels can be read right through the season.
One banana skin per rose-bush will feed it all the nutrients it needs. Chop up the peel and bury around the rose-bush in the spring. We’ve been doing this, eating a banana a day is good for us too.
I’m going to try this one with the climbing rose on the new pump house. Just a dab of silicone seal on the wall, wait a few minutes for it to dry some, press the rose stem into the silicone, voila – it will stay put. Can’t wait to try this, I have tried everything from staples to twist ties to keep my rose on the wall and nothing has been very satisfactory.
One more and I hope you’re heading for your garden because that’s where I’m off to.
Grated soap is a good squirrel deterrent sprinkled where you don’t want the cute little critters.