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.