Sus­tain­abil­ity Tips

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While we are head­ing into the end of gar­den­ing sea­son, it is still pos­si­ble to set up a win­ter gar­den in a green­house, or to keep your herbs go­ing in­side this win­ter. Here are a few tips to help you keep your plants go­ing:

A wine bot­tle filled with wa­ter up­side down in planter is a great way to wa­ter a lit­tle bit ev­ery day and keep your herbs go­ing.

For frost pro­tec­tion this fall or next spring, cut off the bot­tom of a gal­lon milk jug and put it over the plants. They’ll still get some sun­light but won’t get frost­bit­ten.

Ta­ble salt sprin­kled on the ground kills weeds. How­ever, be care­ful. You don’t want to kill the plants you want to keep.

Want sweeter toma­toes? Sprin­kle bak­ing soda over the tomato seeds when you plant them.

Toi­let pa­per rolls make biodegrad­able planters for your seedlings. Once the plants are big enough to trans­plant, plant them di­rectly into the gar­den. They break down quickly.

Soak your seeds in warm wa­ter for a day be­fore plant­ing them. They sprout more quickly if you do this.

Cof­fee grounds and crushed up egg shells will dis­cour­age cater­pil­lars and aphids from at­tack­ing your veg­eta­bles and as a bonus will also en­rich your soil.

Add 17 drops rose­mary es­sen­tial oil to 1 liter of wa­ter to make a great bug spray that also smells good. This can be used in­side or out­side.

Or run a cou­ple of hand­fuls of fresh thyme through a blender with wa­ter. Strain and spray plants to help re­pel stink bugs.

An­other easy bug spray is to soak 6 large, crushed gar­lic cloves in veg­etable oil overnight. Strain and mix oil with 2 liters of wa­ter. The oil will help the gar­lic stick to plant leaves.

You can also mix 1 ta­ble­spoon pow­dered cayenne and 1 quart warm wa­ter, cover and put this in a sunny spot for 3 days. Strain and spray en­tire plant. How­ever, be sure to wear gloves and eye pro­tec­tion when spray­ing this mix be­cause cayenne pow­der makes a great pep­per spray.

Mint will help re­pel mice and spi­ders. This works in­side and not just in the gar­den.

Fi­nally, you can chop an onion and leave it in a gal­lon of wa­ter for three days. Strain this into a spray bot­tle and spray your plants to help re­pel potato bugs, cater­pil­lars and other de­struc­tive pests.

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