Spring Gardening Tips

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Spring is in the air! I am sure many of you are just waiting for the right moment to get your hands dirty and start planning and planting! Whether a berm, a flower bed, or foundation shrubbery, here are some helpful tip for your gardening endeavors.

Remove salt deposits

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 anything in it.

Dirty fingernails no more

Run your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. After you have called it a day, use a nailbrush to remove the soap. Easy!

No more broken trimmer lines

To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.

Handy measuring

Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Lay a long-handled garden tool on the ground, and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. Now, when you need to space plantings, you will have a measuring device at hand.

 

Unexpected frosts?

Little clay pots provide great protection young plants from sudden, overnight frosts and freezes.

What did I plant?

Write the names of plants on the flat faces of stones of various sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants.

Got aphids?

Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the leaves of plants infested with aphids. Concentrate on the undersides of leaves where they live. Or, you can always blast them with water from the hose or an insecticidal soap.

Down the drain

Using left over cooking water is a great way to add a nutrient boost with the vitamins and minerals left behind after you have boiled pasta, vegetables, or potatoes.

Acid management

Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. Approximately one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.

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Ward off infections

Watering your plants with chamomile tea will help reduce bacterial and fungal infections that come with springtime. Spraying your plants with a chamomile tea mix a few times a week will help stop your seedling from damping off.

What handy gardening tips do you use?

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