Looking to garden, but hate the mess or you feel as though you don’t have a green thumb? Here, the most recent tips and tricks from Paul James, host of gardening by the Yard:
1. to get rid of the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant something in it.
2. Prevent accumulating dirt underneath your fingernails while you work within the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you will effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt cannot collect beneath them. Then, once you have finished within the garden, use a brush to get rid of the soap and your nails are going to be sparkling clean.
3. Prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray oil before installing it within the trimmer.
4. Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Lay a long lawn tool on the bottom, and next to it place a tape measure. using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. when you need to houseplants a precise distance apart (from simply an inch to many feet) you will have already got a instrument in your hand.
5. to have garden twine handy when you want it, simply stick a ball of twine in a very little clay pot, pull the tip of the twine through the emptying hole, and set the pot the other way up within the garden. Do that, and you will ne'er go searching for twine once more.
6. very little clay pots create a sophisticated look for safeguarding young plants from nightlong frosts and freezes.
7. Make perfect natural markers, write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of varied sizes and place them at or close to the bottom of your plants.
8. Got aphids? you'll control them with a powerful blast of water from the hose or with insecticidal soap. however here's another suggestion, one that is a lot more fun; get some tape! Wrap a good strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the leaves of plants infested with aphids. concentrate on the undersides of leaves, as a result of that is wherever the little buggers wish to hide.
9. The next time you boil or steam vegetables, do not pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted terrace plants, and you will be astonished at how the plants respond to the "vegetable soup."
10. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants corresponding to azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. a light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month can keep the ph of the soil on the acidic side.
11. Use chamomile tea to regulate growth-off fungus, which regularly attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. simply add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray.
12. The fastest way to dry herbs: simply lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your automobile, organize the herbs in a single layer, then roll up the windows and shut the doors. Your herbs are going to be quickly dried to perfection. what is additional, your automobile can smell nice.