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GARDEN TIPS & IDEAS

If you have a garden tip that has been very useful to you, and you’d like to share with others, please send to publisher@hondogardenclub.org.
These will be reviewed and placed on the site once a month.  We’d love to hear from you.


DID YOU KNOW ~~ Evergreens were "ever lucky" in early New England.  A pair of evergreens were planted in the dooryard of newlyweds to symbolize health and long life.

Whether you are landscaping on a large scale or just adding a few plants, take a photograph and keep it in a scrapbook, labeled with the plant names, where and when purchased (some folks save the receipts), where they are planted and some care tips. If you're ordering plants from a catalog, cut out the pictures and information. This way, you always have all your plant information at hand.  Some folks take pictures on an annual basis, just to see how the plant (or tree) grew.

A small extension curtain rod makes a good support for tall plants. As the plants grow, the rod can be adjusted so that it is always the right height.

Pantyhose make the best ties. Simply cut the legs of panty hose for the length of tie needed. The top of pantyhose can also be used on a pail as a strainer.

Marking type of plant (or other information) is easy with a tongue depressor or popsicle stick.  Put the name of the plant on one side, and the color and type on the other. If you don’t want to place in the dirt, drill a smaIl hole at the top of the stick, tie a string to it and attach to the plant.

For a no-mess watering of your hanging plants, let a few ice cubes slowly melt into the soil.

Eggshells are a great source of calcium for your plants. Dry them in the oven or microwave, crush them as fine as possible, and then add them to the planter mix or soil.

When repotting certain house plants, mix a cup of fireplace ashes with 2 quarts of potting soil to strengthen the stems and foliage.  Make sure you know which plants you can do this with.

You can make inexpensive plant pots from just about anything!!  Decorate plastic butter, cottage cheese or topping containers, as well as coffee containers, and the list goes on.  Clean them thoroughly before using, and poke small holes in the bottom for drainage.  If you want, you can paint them with leftover or old paints ~ be aware that some plastics do not do well if spray painted.  For plant pot bottoms, one can recycle to-go salad or food containers.  (Be aware that styrofoam is subject to holes, and thinner plastics may not last long in the sun)

Torn leaves on your house plants can be mended with clear nail polish applied to both sides of the leaf.  Apply only to the part torn to allow oxygen to enter the leaf.  You may also use tape in the sturdier parts of the plant.

Recycle those foam packing "peanuts" by using them in the bottom of your clay pots when repotting. They are lighter than pieces of clay, and are particularly good for hanging plants.  You can also use the big pieces of foam inside packing boxes but be sure to break them in pieces first.  (This is especially helpful if you have a very large container as there is then no need to use as much as potting soil)

To kill snails and slugs, fill an old pie tin with beer and 3 drops of vinegar, and bury it at ground level. The little critters will drown themselves.