- I used to add tea leaves from used tea bags to my potted pothos, it speeds up their growth. Take care not to add sweet tea leaves, it will produce bacteria which will decay the roots.
- —Guest Asif Saleem
- Check your garden daily for problems and deficiencies and be prepared to make immediate changes to correct the problems. It will solve many problem easy and prevent headaches later.
- —Guest wog1
Sweet Potato Tip
- We planted Beauregard Sweet Potatoes last year for the first time (Zone 5). We used clear plastic as mulch to keep the soil warm and the weeds out. We had a bumper crop that lasted all through the winter. Delicious.
- —Guest grandparentsplus2
Saving Leftover Seed from Year to Year
- Keeping left over seed in the freezer, the seed will be good for years to come. I have been doing this for years.
- —Guest Leo Borak
Protecting Young Plants
- Use 1 gal. vegetable cans with both top & bottom ends removed, place around set plants, fill part way with water, then water same as needed. Helps unhardened plants, protects against wind damage.
- —Guest Leo Borak
- I have that deer come into my yard and eat the flowers off my plants. I put wooden skewers around all the flowers, which makes it hard for them to eat the flowers
- —Guest Frances
Two Tips here Bell Pepper Plants
- I use the core of the bell pepper and plant the entire thing, I actually got 3 plants one had a baby bell pepper on it, then it got cold! We left for the winter so 2 of my Bell Pepper plants died. I also use the green soda bottles - cut the bottom off, and push the starter plant into the neck. Punch 4 holes around the bottom of the bottle, tie twine in the holes and hang upside down, so the neck of the bottle is facing down. I got this tip from Dollar Stretcher container gardening.
- —Guest Kathy
Organic Ant Control
- If you sprinkle turmeric on plant that is being demolished by ants then the ants will vanish in no time at all.
- —Guest email@example.com
Ground Elder and Common Mallow Control
- If you've been fighting a losing battle with Ground Elder, try a different tactic. Pick the young leaves as salad, wilt them in a stir fry or treat them like spinach or chard. Rich in vitamins and trace elements and was a staple in years gone by. The same with Common Mallow, the leaves making a pretty addition to a spring salad.
- Came across this; Washing berries in 1 part vinegar & 10 parts water will kill germs & the berries will keep much longer.
- —Guest Leo Borak
Help for Container Gardening
- Lots of us know about using packing peanuts to half or quarter fill large containers. But buy them at UPS and save! $4.00 per large bag versus nearly $8.00 at Staples! Can be overlaid with vinyl screening to help soil from slipping thru the peanuts.
- —Guest ginnyr37
- When you need to take a cabbage from the plot, just cut below the lowest leaves and leave the plant in soil. It will produce four more little cabbages in a few months. My last years cabbages all have produced new ones.
- —Guest fmogofas
Plant Markers for Pots and Garden
- I got this tip from a very good gardener. Use discarded venetian blinds--the narrow aluminum or wood ones--as plant markers. You can cut them easily and mark the name of the plant with a wax marker. I use steel wool to remove the wax marking when I want to re-use the marker for another plant type.
- —Guest lisakaye
Egg Crates Use
- I use soaked egg crates made out of paper maché for mulching purpose. Seems to work fine
- —Guest Shailaja Behl
Dryer Sheets for Pot-holes
- I reuse my dryer sheets, using them to keep soil from falling out the bottom of the pot. Lasts longer than coffee filters, just be sure to rinse well in hot water before use.
- —Guest anita