101 Gardening Secrets Experts Never Tell You

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Gardening Secrets: 101 Tips, Problem Solvers and Dollar Stretchers for Organic Gardeners

If you're looking to learn some gardening secrets, including ways to solve problems and stretch garden budgets, you've come to the right place.

This page divulges 101 gardening secrets that the pros, retailers, and giant chemical corporations don't want you to know. Plus we've thrown in a few extra bonus tips as well.

They're organized into general topics, but some tips overlap categories, so if you're looking for something related to a section and don't see it there, check through the others. This page covers a lot of ground (pun not intended), but does not duplicate topics covered in our other gardening pages.

A Preview of Some of Our Secret Ingredients

Left to right: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, Jell-O Gelatin, Peak Dry Whole Milk Powder, White Mountain Epsom Salt, McCormick Ground Cinnamon.
Left to right: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, Jell-O Gelatin, Peak Dry Whole Milk Powder, White Mountain Epsom Salt, McCormick Ground Cinnamon. | Source

Can You Guess What They Are for?

Have we piqued your interest?

Read on to learn the "recipes" for using these ordinary household products in your garden.

First Things First: Seed Starting

1. Before starting seeds, microwave moistened starting mix, roughly 10 minutes per two quarts of moistened soil. Or bake in an oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. (Do not use potting soil.)

2. Starting plants from seeds? Sprinkle ground cinnamon powder on the soil to prevent fungus that causes damping off.

3. Cover seedlings with an upside-down clear drinking glass or clear plastic cup. It will hold in moisture and protect the plant from cold air.

4. Rooting a plant in water? Adding an aspirin will help with water absorption and root growth.

5. Sowing seeds outdoors? Sprinkle flavored gelatin over them as you sow. Then cover the seeds as usual and water them. The sugar feeds helpful bacteria in the soil and the gelatin provides nitrogen for the plants.

Be sure to use fresh, high-quality seeds for the best germination. Don't be afraid to try a variety of flower, fruit & vegetable seeds -- Just be sure what you plant is not considered invasive in your area.
Be sure to use fresh, high-quality seeds for the best germination. Don't be afraid to try a variety of flower, fruit & vegetable seeds -- Just be sure what you plant is not considered invasive in your area. | Source

Soil Basics

6. Don't know what type of soil you have? Try this: Take a handful of moist (not wet) soil from your garden and squeeze it firmly in your hand. Then open your hand and observe what happens.

  • If it holds its shape but crumbles when you give it a light poke, you have loam and will be the envy of other gardeners.
  • If it holds it shape and doesn't respond to being gently poked, you've got clay soil, which is nutrient rich but dense.
  • If it falls apart as soon as you open your hand, you've got sandy soil.

Once you know what you're working with you can both improve it if necessary and choose appropriate plants.

7. No need to buy a pricey soil testing kit when you can easily do it yourself. Scoop some soil into a container. Add a half-cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or fizzles, it is alkaline. If there's no reaction, scoop up some more soil into a second container. Add a half cup of water and stir. Then add a half cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzles it's acidic. If you want a precise pH measure, contact your local university extension office or watch the newspapers. Nurseries will sometimes run promotions with free soil testing.

8. Read your weeds if you want to know your soil's pH. If you've got a lot of dandelions, dock, crabgrass, or plantain your soil is acidic. If ironweed, pennygrass and peppergrass are rampant, your soil is alkaline.

Compost

9. Did you know that lint from your clothes dryer can be added to the compost pile or tilled into your garden to help the soil retain moisture?

10. Do you use a shredder? Add some shredded paper to your compost pile (just avoid glossy printed material).

11. Have a pet that sheds? Or perhaps you're a haircutter or know someone who will save a bag of swept-up hair cuttings for you? Hair is even higher in nitrogen than manure. Add it to your garden or compost pile.

12. Composting not moving along fast enough? Heat it up by adding some comfrey leaves.

13. Live near a beach? Gather some seaweed, rinse the salt off with a hose, and add it to your compost pile. (Do this in a paved driveway—do not let the runoff into your garden. The salt is not good for the garden, just the seaweed.)

14. No room to make compost, or need some in a hurry? Put a variety of food scraps (vegetable peels, apple cores, and so on—no meat or dairy products) in a food processor or blender and process to a liquid consistency. Dilute with an equal amount of water and pour on the ground around the plants. Cover with a layer of peat moss.

More Help With Composting

Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-to-Earth Guides)
Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-to-Earth Guides)

This is the book that started the composting/recycling movement way back in 1975. As timely and useful today as it was then! Composting is more than just creating a pile of food waste and lawn clippings. Although that may have worked for you by sheer luck, there are much better ways to get faster and even better results.

 

How Much Do You Know About Mulch?

15. Do not add winter mulch until after the first frost. Otherwise you may wind up protecting insects by providing them a warm, safe haven.

16. Know a micro-brewer? Used hops are great for mulching.

17. Mulch acid-loving blueberry plants with evergreen branches.

18. Newspaper makes great mulch and suppresses weeds, but colored ink and glossy sections leach chemicals into the soil. Wanna be sure you aren't doing any harm? Many newspapers sell cheap rolls of unprinted paper.

19. Do not use bark nuggets for mulch. Your plants will be nitrogen-deficient if you do.

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Frugal Fertilizing

20. Feed your plants pelletized horse or cattle feed from your local farm supply store. The nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the feed are just what your plants need. Just lightly sprinkle some on the soil around your plants or put some in the bottom of your planting holes and cover with a thin layer of dirt before adding your plant.

21. Have access to a pond? Feed your plants nutrient-rich algae.

22. Use a wood stove or fireplace? Keep the ashes in a metal can and use them as needed to feed evergreen shrubs.

23. Cut up banana peels and bury them around your rosebushes to add potassium and phosphorus to the soil.

24. Gone fishing? After you clean your catch, bury the scraps under and around your veggie plants and rosebushes.

25. Crushed eggshells, crab shells, and oyster shells sprinkled around tomatoes will add calcium to the soil.

26. Another way to add calcium to soil: Use the water from boiled eggs. Let it cool and water calcium-hungry plants.

27. Use flat club soda to water houseplants. They'll appreciate the nutrients in it.

28. Boiling veggies for dinner? Don't pour the nutrient-rich water down the drain. Let it cool and use it to water potted plants.

Bonus Tips: Creative Trellis Ideas

•Have a broken patio umbrella? Remove the fabric, bury the handle in the ground, and use it for a trellis. Wonderful for climbing roses and clematis.

•Old ladders make great trellises for beans and other climbers.

•Rusty old brass or iron headboards make wonderful garden trellises. (We use an antique iron crib to support our tomato and squash plants).

Companion Planted Vegetable Garden
Companion Planted Vegetable Garden

Companion Plantings

Companion planting is planting two or more types of plants together so they each derive a benefit. Benefits could include stronger growth, deterring disease and pests, and attracting beneficial insects and predators of garden pests.

These Are Some of Our Recommendations:

29. Just about everyone knows that corn, beans and squash are the "three sisters" of the Native Americans and are best planted together. But did you know that morning glories planted with corn and melon will increase their yield?

30. Plant basil with tomatoes. The basil will repel some tomato pests.

31. Plant tomatoes with asparagus to keep asparagus beetles at bay.

32. Do not plant peas, beans, or peanuts near garlic, leeks, shallots or onions.

33. Avoid planting potatoes near squash and tomatoes.

34. Plant garlic and onions among your roses to repel pests.

35. Marigolds and monarda protect cucumbers from nematodes and attract pollinating bees.

36. Tall, sturdy sunflowers provide good support for beans or cucumber plants.

37. Plant radishes with vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower to deter cabbage moths.

38. Growing hot peppers with squash plants keeps squash bugs away.

Learn More About Companion Planting

The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful (Back-To-Basics)
The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful (Back-To-Basics)

This is the reference I turn to the most when planning my garden. Easy to follow and look things up in. Your copy will soon be as dog-eared and sticky-note marked as mine.

 

No room for a vegetable or herb garden?

Plant ornamental varieties like chamomile and okra among your shrubs and perennials.

Got Milk?

39. For plants such as roses and tomatoes that are prone to fungus and viruses, add a tablespoon of powdered milk to the soil around each plant early in the season to prevent or at least minimize problems.

40. Too late to do that? You can use a spray bottle of spoiled milk diluted with water to spray the infected leaves.

I took the above photo at the gardens of Der Rosenmeister in Ithaca, NY. Leon Ginenthal, aka Der Rosenmeister, is an expert on cold-hardy disease-resistant roses and our favorite source and resource for historic heirloom and antique style roses.

Rosa Louise Clements, an English Bourbon Rose © CJS 2011-15. All Rights Reserved.
Rosa Louise Clements, an English Bourbon Rose © CJS 2011-15. All Rights Reserved.

Secrets to Growing Roses Successfully

41. Not sure when to prune roses? Take your cue from forsythia. When forsythia starts blooming, it is time to prune the roses.

42. For stronger color in roses, sprinkle 1/2 cup Epsom salts around each mature rose bush.

43. Sprinkle tea leaves under rose bushes before watering them. Roses will appreciate the tannic acid.

44. Want invisible ties to help train your climbing roses? Mint dental floss is strong and will be virtually invisible.

45. Roses bothered by disease? Help protect them from powdery mildew and blackspot by spraying them with this: three tablespoons baking soda per gallon of water, with a few drops of dishwashing liquid added.

46. Banish blackspot by spraying roses with a mixture of baking soda and soybean oil. For each gallon of water, add a tablespoon of the oil and 2 tablespoons of the soda. Spray in the morning once a week, or more often if rain washes it off.

47. Want more roses on your climbers? You'll get more blooms from a branch that is trained horizontally. Climbers naturally grow vertically, but branches that are horizontal will yield a lot more blooms. Train them horizontally along a fence or weave them across a trellis or arbor in a horizontal fashion as they grow for a lush bloom-covered plant. It will take longer to cover a vertical structure this way, but the coverage will be spectacular and not scrawny-looking.

Rosa Baronne Prevost © CJS 2011-16. All Rights Reserved.
Rosa Baronne Prevost © CJS 2011-16. All Rights Reserved.

Aphids and Ants

48. Aphids can be picked off by hand or you can get rid of them with a spray of equal parts of antiseptic mouthwash and water.

49. Don't like to pick them off? Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the plants. The aphids will stick to the tape. (Don't forget the undersides of leaves where aphids like to hide.) Remove tape and discard when finished.

Photo of ladybug eating aphids from “Cicadas & Aphids.” The book is available at
Photo of ladybug eating aphids from “Cicadas & Aphids.” The book is available at | Source

50. Want to remove aphids from a distance? Brew a strong tea from citrus peels. Cool and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray infested plants. Won't harm your plant but will burn the aphids.

51. Ants raise aphids, so to get rid of aphids, you have to get rid of ants. Dousing ant hills with white vinegar a few times should do the trick.

52. Boric acid also kills ants. Dissolve four teaspoons of boric acid and a cup of sugar in three cups of hot (almost but not quite boiling) water. Let it cool and soak cotton balls in the liquid and use as bait. It will poison the colony.

53. Keep ants away from a hummingbird feeder by using a water filled ant moat above the feeder. If that does not work, try thinly coating the wire or chain holding the feeder with petroleum jelly. Ants will not cross it. Be sure to use a very thin coating and hang the feeder in such a way that the hummingbirds won't get the petroleum jelly on their wings.

54. Green lacewings and ladybugs eat aphids, spider mites, and similar pests. You can buy them as eggs or larvae at garden centers or by mail. If you get adults you'll have to wait, since the larvae are the ones that eat the pests.

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© CJS 2011-15.
© CJS 2011-15.

Slugs and Snails

55. Slugs? They'll drown themselves in beer (see our next tip) or you can repel them with strongly scented plants like lavender and rosemary.

56. Partially bury a few tuna cans, or small plastic tubs used for yogurt or margarine, so that the top of the container is level with the soil. Fill with beer near dusk. The slugs will be attracted to the beer and drown in it. Empty in the morning and repeat.

57. You can also deter slugs by using sand or gravel around the garden. Slugs can't move around without a moist surface.

58. Coffee (caffeine) will kill slugs and snails. Spread used grounds around the base of a plant, or saturate with leftover coffee.

59. Sprinkle crushed eggshells, crab shells, and oyster shells around hostas and other plants slugs love. The sharp shards will deter them.

Natural Deterrents for Other Garden Pests

60. Plant a clove of garlic with each tulip bulb to keep squirrels and other rodents from eating them.

61. Soak garlic cloves in a large jar of water. Keep the lid screwed on to contain the odor. The longer you soak them the better. Watering your plants with the garlic-infused water will repel pests.

62. Pour boiling water on weeds growing in the cracks in cement. It will kill the weeds and any seeds that might be hiding there too.

63. Invite toads to your garden with a damp shady spot and a clay pot on its side for shelter. They eat loads of bugs but not plants. Give them a source of water to immerse themselves in, too, since they drink through their skin.

64. Gnats and fruit flies a bother? Cut the top off a soda bottle (or use a wide-mouthed jar) and make it into a trap by filling it with a bit of apple cider vinegar added to water. Place the jar near the infected plant or area where the flies swarm. The jar will attract and drown them.

Attract Bug Eating Bats to Control Mosquitoes

Audubon Bat Shelter Model NABAT
Audubon Bat Shelter Model NABAT

Bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes in a single hour, in addition to other bugs! And they devour them in the dark of night, so will not bother you if nighttime activities outdoors are illuminated. Check with your local cooperative instructions for the best way to use a bat shelter in your area.

 

65. Are cutworms destroying your tomato plants? Cut a toilet paper roll in half and press halfway into the soil around each seedling as you plant it. It will serve as a barrier and is biodegradable to boot.

66. If your haircutter or dog groomer will save you a bag of swept-up hair on occasion, rake some into the top inch or two of your garden beds to keep squirrels and rabbits away

67. Rinds from citrus fruit will keep cats away from your garden. They do not like the smell.

68. Mice a problem? Do not mulch until after the second frost.

69. Wipe mealybugs off plants with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

70. Add a bat house and watch your harmful insect population decrease substantially.

71. Want to attract ladybugs to your yard? Plant parsley and tansy.

72. Plant lavender to repel ticks.

Gardening in Pots

From classical to modern to whimsical, from traditional troughs to self-watering stackables, you'll find planters of all sizes, materials, and styles readily available. Click info icon link to learn more.
From classical to modern to whimsical, from traditional troughs to self-watering stackables, you'll find planters of all sizes, materials, and styles readily available. Click info icon link to learn more. | Source

73. Before planting in a terracotta pot, submerge it in water and let it absorb as much as it can, or it will soak water away from your plant.

74. Line the bottom of a flower pot with a coffee filter, so the soil won't spill out when you water the plant.

75. Age that terracotta flower pot by "painting" the outside with yogurt, which will attract lichens and mosses.

76. Do your potted plants dry out in hot weather? Freeze water in small plastic bottles and turn the bottle upside down in the pots for a steady drip..

77. If you are planting a large pot, fill the bottom with recycled foam chips or pieces of styrofoam before adding soil. You'll need less to fill it and the pot will be lighter and easier to move.

HERS Shovels are ergonomically designed for women.
HERS Shovels are ergonomically designed for women. | Source

No-Fool Tips for Tools & Gardening Equipment

78. Rusty tools? Soak overnight in apple cider vinegar. Wipe off residue with a cloth.

79. If you're putting your gardening tools away for the winter, coat them with petroleum jelly to prevent rust.

80. Spray your lawnmower blades with non-stick cooking spray before mowing, and grass won't stick to the blades.

81. Storing sharp tools? Cut a piece of old garden hose the length of the blade, slice it along the seam, and put it around the blade.

82. Don't discard an old garden hose. Cut it into pieces and scatter it around your garden under the plants. Rodents and some birds will think the pieces are snakes and avoid the area. (Got kids? See Bonus Tip below.)

BONUS TIP for #82:

Let kids paint the hose pieces to resemble snakes. That can also be the basis for all kinds of practical and educational lessons about snakes: what snakes to avoid, what reptiles are, how does a food chain work.

Twelve More Plant Care Secrets

83. Keep heavy squash and melons from rotting on the ground as they ripen by placing a heavy flat stone under them.

84. Cut flowers for arrangements in the morning when they have the highest moisture content.

85. Prune plants by cutting them on an angle. The slanted cut prevents diseases.

86. Do not put the same type of plant in the same spot every year. Rotating them is good for the soil and the plants.

87. If the bottom leaves of your tomato plants are yellow between the veins, add iron to your soil.

88. Want your tulips to stand up straight in your vase? Drop a few copper coins in the vase.

Image © 2013-15 CJS. All Rights Reserved.
Image © 2013-15 CJS. All Rights Reserved.

89. To keep plants healthy, clean your pruning shears with a solution of one part bleach per ten parts water before moving on to the next plant.

90. Learn to "listen" to your plants and they will tell you what they need. For example, if your tomatoes are rotting from the bottom before you can harvest them, the plants need calcium. A few crushed Tums dissolved in the water used to water the plants will give the plant a calcium boost.

91. An easy way to add iron: soak a few old rusty nails in a coffee can or jar of water for a day or two. Remove the nails and water your plant with the water they soaked in.

92. After bulbs bloom, cut and remove the flower stalk, but allow the leaves to remain and turn yellow as they provide nutrients to the bulb for next year's flowers.

93. Plant items closer than suggested. You can reduce the recommended distance by 25% (or more in some cases) for a lusher-looking garden and to keep the soil covered, and to keep the roots cool while reducing the need for mulch.

94. Some plants and herbs can take over your garden. If you can't resist experimenting with potentially invasive plants, contain them by planting them first in flower pots and then planting the potted plant, or confine their roots by planting them inside the center of a buried vertical section of PVC pipe that is longer than the expected length of the root.

Quaker Lady: a bearded iris from 1909
Quaker Lady: a bearded iris from 1909
Heirloom "Broken" Tulips © CJS 2011-15.
Heirloom "Broken" Tulips © CJS 2011-15.

More Dirt-y Little Secrets

95. Kinky hose? Next time leave the water on while you coil it.

96. Scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap before gardening, even if you wear gloves. The soap keeps the dirt from lodging under your nails and makes washing your hands a breeze.

97. Have acid-loving plants like rhododendrons and azaleas? Water them with a cup of vinegar added per gallon of water to lower the pH level of the soil.

98. Your potting mix or peat moss won't absorb water? Add a few drops of dishwashing soap to your watering can.

Two More of My Favorite Gardening Tips

99. Old mini-blinds are great to use for garden markers. Just cut slats to the desired length on an angle (the pointed end makes it easier to push them into the ground), and write on them with a permanent marking pen.

100. Trim your hedges straight by sinking tall stakes into the ground at each end (or at intervals, if it's a very long hedge). Measure the height you want the hedge trimmed to, mark each stake at that point, and cut a small notch with a box cutter or similar tool. (The notch is to hold the string in place.) Tie a string between the stakes at the measured height. Make sure it is taut and level. You now have a guideline for pruning.

And Here it Is: Number 101!

101. Need a fast way to dry herbs? Cover the seat of your car with a sheet of newsprint paper. Lay the herbs in a single layer, close the windows, and park the car in a sunny spot. The herbs will dry quickly and your car will smell great. (If you use printed newspaper, and have light-colored upholstery, you might want to cover the seat with an old sheet first to prevent ink smudges. Just being extra cautious here—it doesn't usually happen.)

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Have a Favorite Gardening Secret? - or a Tip of Your Own You'd Like to Share? 271 comments

marlinmoore@yahoo.com 2 months ago

Good gardening ideas


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chezchazz 3 months ago from New York Author

If any readers know the answer to this question, please post it. Most mixtures I know of will also kill other plants (such as vinegar, lemon oil, and salt mixtures with or without dishwashing liquid depending on which version you use). For now, the best and most effective method I've found is pulling the grass out by hand and making sure you get the roots out.


Carol 5 months ago

Does anyone have a recipe for "Grass-Be-Gone"? I have grass growing in my ornamental flower beds and find that Grass-Be-Gone takers care of killing the grasses but not the other ornamental plants. It is very effective, but also quite expensive so I'd like a recipe for it that I can use without hurting my flowers while saving money. I've searched through Pinterest and can not find what I'm looking for. Thank you


Cathy 11 months ago

Thank you for all this info!

Companion planting is so important. Have had great success!

Cheers


Eve 11 months ago

starting seeds in soil in the clear containers that tomatoes, lettuce, spinach..etc. come in work great as a mini greenhouse. you can regulate the heat perfectly and they stay moist and warm. I also lay them on a wire rack and put them over the heater, we have hot air so it works perfectly.


Susan 11 months ago

Hi! all of these tips are fantastic, however I do want to point out that #53 is a HUGE no no!! NEVER put any kind of oil or petroleum products anywhere near a hummingbird feeder! the reason is that the birds could brush up against it and get the substance on their wing feathers and they will get sticky, collecting dirt and debris and the birds cant fly. if they cant fly, they cant eat, and with their metabolism, will die a slow death. they cannot clean those feathers with bathing or preening. if you want to keep ants off of the feeder, get a simple ant moat, and keep that full of water. its very effective and safe for the birds!!


Pratibha 11 months ago

Awesome tips ! Thank you very much for sharing them !!


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chezchazz 15 months ago from New York Author

I am so glad you found this useful. Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy returning the garden to its former glory!


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SCArt LM 15 months ago

What a fantastic resource - I am struggling to keep my garden in great shape, which is a shame, because the previous owners had clearly been very keen gardeners although old age and ill-health had meant it was quite neglected when we bought the house 2 years ago. But underneath I can see a really well-planned garden - it just needs some TLC. And with these tips I can do that without it costing the earth to hire a professional. Many Thanks


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chezchazz 18 months ago from New York Author

Glad you found it helpful. Have you tried putting some diatomaceous earth around the bottom of the plants. "DE" is organic, safe, and might help. Or you could try #52 above. It does work but may need to be repeated after a week or two.


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peachpurple 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I love your hub, a lot of tips i needed for my veggie pot gardening. How do i stop black ants from climbing on my mungbean plant?


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chezchazz 18 months ago from New York Author

Thank you for letting us know.


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erorantes 18 months ago from Miami Florida

I like your hub miss chezchazz. I love growing plants. Thank you for all the tips. It is good to share. At the same time, your talen grows like the plants and beautiful flowers in the garden. I am happy to read your hub.


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chezchazz 19 months ago from New York Author

Hi Nikko -

Thanks for the props, Nikko! Actually have been working on a couple of CDs/downloads that expand on several hubs. Hopefully will be ready by later this year - Just haven't had as much time as I would like to devote to them.


Nikko Tesla 20 months ago

Great compilation of practical gardening ideas!…‥....Awesome! How about putting them on a Cd ?…‥....Thanks to all that contribute to build this gardening site!


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chezchazz 20 months ago from New York Author

Thanks for the feedback. Nevertheless, I have pine trees that love wood ashes and thrive on them - but I also have very acidic soil so maybe that's why it works. This is a tip I actually learned from a Great Aunt many years ago. She always had a beautiful stand of evergreens. I have no idea what her soil's pH was but it was in another state. My advice is, if you want to try the ashes, test the soil by one or two evergreens, apply the ash, then test your soil again several months to a year later and see if it has indeed made it more alkaline.

I've also used a thin (very thin) coat of petroleum jelly on the fishing cord (not the hanger, just the line/cord that attaches the feeder to the hanger) for years and I have never seen the birds go above the feeder (maybe because it has a roof? or is hung from a bracket on the house?), as they zoom right in to access the nectar but it does stop the ants. I guess you just have to be careful to not put globs on.

If slugs are a persistent problem and nothing else works, it is good to have another trick up one's sleeve and the ammonia might be the right solution (no pun intended) to try.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments and the time you took to let us know about them. I know I appreciate the feedback and am sure the readers of this page will also.


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chezchazz 20 months ago from New York Author

Some pages say "lens" because before they were "hubs" on hubpages they were "lenses" on squidoo, which was purchased by hub pages last year. Sometimes former squidoo members accidently forget to change "lens" to "hub" but we leave it intentionally in certain parts of hubpages, such as in the comment section, because if we make a change in that section our comments will be reset to zero and all comments thus far will disappear.


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lyx 21 months ago

Why do people keep saying "lens" ??? I assume it's some kind of lingo specific to this site...?


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chezchazz 21 months ago from New York Author

Problem is, neither do I :-) but some folks swear it keeps cats away if not more critters. Thanks for sharing.


Kai 21 months ago

To keep animals out of your garden, sprinkle moth balls around it. They don't like the smell


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chezchazz 22 months ago from New York Author

Thanks for sharing-the cardboard tubes sound like a great method to catch pests.


fishnthegarden 22 months ago

First, please be careful using vinegar in your garden, it can burn plants especially seedlings. At times it can be used as a weed killer, sprayed directly on top of the weed like one might use toxics. Also the more acidic your vinegar the better it burns weeds. Second, a great way to control earwigs (pincher bugs) and some other insects is to crumple and loosely roll non shiny news print or better yet corrugated cardboard into cardboard paper towel tubes or old gift wrap tubes. Place these under plants where you are having insect issues. Many insects will use these to hide in during the day so allow these to sit out for a few nights then pick them up and throw them into the garbage or better yet just burn them (sorry if some of you find that grizzly). I look through the tubes to see what I am catching and if it's working.


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chezchazz 22 months ago from New York Author

Thanks for sharing - we don't have a problem with deer but those who don't live in town sure do and will appreciate the tip.


jimj 22 months ago

The best deer deterant that I have found , after 50 years of rural gardening is, Take a dozen eggs, break in blender and max. blend. add 1 gal of water and let set for a day or two. spray on plants that deer are eating on. ( beans, beets,strawberrys, etc.). It stops deer . after a hard rain, repeat. I repeat the application 2 or 3 days then about one time a week . for a couple of weeks. then only after a hard rain.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Wow! This is an amazing collection of great advice. I never knew that starting seedlings in potting soil was a bad idea and that's what I've always used. I'll surely try your method next time.

I've never heard of your suggestion for using beer to get rid of slugs and I'm eager to try that.

This is a great article. Voted up and highly useful!


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chezchazz 2 years ago from New York Author

Thank you! Hope to update this page soon.


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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I am back once more to learn from this very comprehensive tips on gardening.


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TapIn2U 2 years ago

Thank you for the info! Sundae ;-)


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brittabucketlist 2 years ago

Very nice work! Thank you for sharing this :)


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Scindhia H 2 years ago from Chennai

Very useful tips!


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Frugal-UK LM 2 years ago

I love this


boldgrey 2 years ago

All of my gardens are above ground. In order to deep water my plants, I recycle empty wine bottles by drilling a small hole in the cork, replacing it in the bottle and inverting it near the roots of the plants. Not only does it slowly and consistently water the plants, but the depression in the bottom of the wine bottle holds water for butterflies and bees.


dcmlfd 2 years ago

@sandi-flaim: Spray well with WD-40 prior to sandpaper. It will break down the rust and most will wipe off, Once cleaned with WD-40, and wiped 'dry', you can use the sandpaper to clean the rest off. Make sure to use a small amount of WD-40 afterwards to prevent new rust from forming. I keep it on all my hand tools (including the small hand rakes and garden spades to keep dirt from sticking to them and prevent rust).


regina-green-3114 2 years ago

Loved it


mike-matthews-1042 2 years ago

Some extremely great idea's.. Love the idea of different ways to compose.. and putting garlic with your tulip bulbs.. Very good idea's there.. Thank you.. Will be saving your page..


stefanie-galazvalenzuela 2 years ago

@sandi-flaim: He says to soak over night in Apple cider vinegar. Then wipe off. I hope it works for you. :)


SimonLNZ 2 years ago

Awesome lens! Will look into changing some of the things I do now :)


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astevn816 lm 2 years ago

This was a great lens, I have always tried to be as organic as possible, this gave me a few ideas.


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Trudidyer 2 years ago

Wow! Great Lens!


Squeeky2357 2 years ago

I have had a garden for years & learned new things in your article. Thanks TONS!!!


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chezchazz 2 years ago from New York Author

@sandi-flaim: Try coating them in a paste made of lemon juice and baking soda. Let sit while the mixture works. The paste will soften the rust and make it easier to remove - try a brush (not too stiff) or the green side of a scouring pad to clean them. Alternate method: try soaking them in a strong white vinegar solution. Avoid sandpaper as it scratches the metal. Hope that helps.


sandi-flaim 2 years ago

I have an old pair of sheep shears that my dad has had for years,,,but doesn't use.The whole thing is covered with rust,,,but upon wiping with some sand paper,,,I see the clean underneath !! But,,,my hands are bad with arthritius,,,I just cannot use the sand paper very long.Does any body know how to clean them?? I really want to use them.THANKS for any suggestions,,,and love this site !!


justy888 2 years ago

I'm going to try the slug suggestions! I've got plenty of old coffee grounds I'd never make coffee with, and saving egg shells is easy! It has to be better than getting up at 5am with a salt shaker! ;-)


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Maggie42 2 years ago

Wow this is an amazing list thanks for sharing


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Arachnea 2 years ago from Texas USA

Lots of very useful info. I've always wanted to compost, but never been successful. I'll try again with some of the suggestions above.


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tfsherman lm 2 years ago

You had me from the first section (how to start seeds). Great lens!


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Jim Houston 2 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

Great lens and a lot of good ideas. Stink bugs drive us crazy in our garden.


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Spirality 2 years ago

I've always wanted to try gardening but I really, really, really do not like bugs. But I just might try after reading this. (Probably start with indoor pots though.)Thanks!


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BarbRad 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

This is the most useful article on organic gardening tips I've ever read. Kudos to you. I'm pinning this one.


eemwbe 2 years ago

Get rid of slugs. Mix 12 cups slightly warm water, 6 Tbsp yeast, 6 Tbsp sugar and let work until dissolved. Stir well. Cut 1 " slots in two sides, just below the rim of plastic margarine / yogurt containers. Half fill container with yeast solution. Stir before filling each container. Put on the lid to keep out the rain and place around the garden. I number the lids as not to miss any containers when I empty them ( about 1 week). I refill containers about four times each spring. Hide containers under plants/leaves/pots etc. so crows don't dump them. I put out approx. 100 containers early in spring and empty all the drown slugs into my compose bins. Cheaper than beer and slugs love it.


eemwbe 2 years ago

Deter slugs. Buy copper pot scrubbers at the dollar store. Undo, unroll and cut each scrubber into three or four. They roll back up. Stretch the circle out slightly and make a collar for around plants. Great for dahlia's.


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chezchazz 2 years ago from New York Author

@paulahite: Thank you. I am honored to be among such great company.


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paulahite 2 years ago from Virginia

Chazz, Great lens! It's been featured on "The Green Thumb: A Place For Gardeners To Gather" Facebook page today. Please like/share our page with your friends!


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KateHonebrink 2 years ago

I got a lifetime's worth of gardening in as a kid growing up on a farm where we had acres of garden that provided my family with food year round. However, after reading your interesting, nay, fascinating, article, I might be tempted to try some container gardening, which is a true testament to your persuasive writing skills! Great job, as usual. You continue to be an inspiration to me!! Thanks so much!!


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Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

I know many of the gardening secrets you shared, but I learned at least a dozen new insider tricks. Thanks!


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Donna Cook 2 years ago

Fabulous lens! Favorite tip-just do it, get out there and play in the dirt.


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Kittycheer 2 years ago

This is a very impressive lens. I've learned a lot and your format makes it easy to read.


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frayne 2 years ago

This is a complete gardening tips that I ever read. Amazing!


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VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

Wow this is such an informative lens on gardening, thank you so much for sharing!


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Arachnea 3 years ago from Texas USA

This is a wonderfully extensive list of gardening tips. Thank you.


kathrine-s-black 3 years ago

Omgosh....I have learned so much. I love planting, mulching, bedding, bulbing, etc. I love life period. This includes animals, frogs and bugs too. We all have a purpose here. I had to bookmark this because my poor minute brain can't hold all this until I have done it 3 times. Thank you so much and will be using as many of these ideas as I can. I leave nothing to waste and even recycle. My pets get homemade treats when possible and my frog pond is ready to go in. I am so excited about 2014's adventures. Thanks again! Green Thumbalina


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evawrites1 3 years ago

This is so informative, thanks a lot!


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sha-ron 3 years ago

Brilliant collection of garden tips, although I probably will not remember them all. I love gardening but not too good lately as we have had a very hot season and plenty of dried arrangements now. The only really good success this year is my zucchini plants.


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microfarmproject 3 years ago

Lots of great tips!


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leesholden 3 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Just bought my first house, so always looking for tips! Thanks, great lens!


Mr-Squidoo-Review 3 years ago

Bookmarked this lense for the summer as there is a lot of great information here I can put into practice.


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valueapartments 3 years ago from London

Amazing post, I will definitely use your tips and share my feedback soon,

Thanks for such an amazing lens :)


kepezzo 3 years ago

AFter winter, will read thorugh the lens again and use the knowledge.

thnx


cheybird 3 years ago

I've gardened and lived with a vast deer population for years. They eat everything including things the advice columns say they won't. I have an 80% success rate with my solution, but it takes a gardener to be ever vigilant or at best, daily dependable. I cook up a concoction which is really easy and deliver it to a spritz bottle. I take a bar of strong deoterant soap such as Irish Spring, Dial, etc. (not creamy soaps) Put a small one inch cut of the soap in a full size blender with very hot water and blend until smooth. Put an amount you will need in a squirt bottle after cooling and spray your plants and flowers usually in late evening (or when the deer in your yard like to feast). It probably is later at night. It really keeps them from eating your precious plants such as roses, tulips, hostas, etc. They hate the smell. If it rains hard, I would do it a second time when it stops (at night). You can also spritz the boundaries of your gardens which helps. The soap does not harm your plants but also helps create other insect barriers. I've been doing this for 30 years with great success. What is left over from the blender will solidify, put in a bowl, then take out a fourth of a teaspoon, mix with hot water in your spritz bottle, shake hard and use the next day. One bar of soap will last all season. The concoction will solidify like a jello substance and last forever. I keep a bowl of it under the sink all spring summer and fall during the growing season.


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chezchazz 3 years ago from New York Author

@sheriangell: Hi Shirl- I'm looking forward to reading your lens in the spring.


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sheriangell 3 years ago

Amazing tips! I just moved into a new place with a clean slate for a yard. I am trying "lasagna gardening" for the first time. I am going to do a lens on the results come spring. Thanks for all the useful info.


Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

I'm trying to grow lovage out of seeds. It started, but doesn't really want to grow, and some plants died out.

I'll sprinkle cinnamon powder on the soil, perhaps the growing will improve.


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mel-kav 3 years ago

This is an excellent lens. Thanks for all the great tips and secrets!


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DawnRae64 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

Awesome tips and helpful information. Thank you.


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chezchazz 3 years ago from New York Author

@Whales65: If you're referring to a lawn, try replacing it with a native non-invasive ground cover. Many are evergreen and can be walked on plus don't require the maintenance and mowing that grass does.


Whales65 3 years ago

I think your lens is great, a lot of helpful hints on gardening. Do you have any help for ailing grass?


JaneWalker 3 years ago

WHen your leeks are young plants - thinner than a pencil - gently dig them up and trim the straggley roots, trim the leaves just above the point where they start to spread, and replant them for sturdier growth.


heather-vallier 3 years ago

Got a gopher? Gopher goo works wonders organically and safely. Works on moles and voles and squirrels too. www.gophergoo.com


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Colin323 3 years ago

Some great tips here, and a well-organised and readable lens. Human urine is a great activator for compost, too.


anonymous 3 years ago

WOW - I've been gardening for decades and still learned so much tonight - I've bookmarked this one for sure - Thanks!!


anonymous 3 years ago

Well written lens!


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Spikey64 3 years ago

Thanks for these tips will definitely be using some of these.


anonymous 3 years ago

I am a "late bloomer" to gardening -a "late in life" gardener! And these tips are so awesome!!!! I can not wait to use them!


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Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

I love your lens. Wonderful tips and green ideas for the garden - thank you!


anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for the nice tips, but I sure would like to print them because I cannot remember all of them and don't want to run to the computer and look these up as needed.


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank-you Thank-you! All that information and free!


anonymous 3 years ago

Very Wowwwww....tips...So many fresh crop to put in my brain..thanks...


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PearlsForever 3 years ago

Lots and lots of gardening tip. Nicely organized.


CASHGURU 3 years ago

Wow Excellent lens... so many tips on one page.


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drmattshepard 3 years ago

great lens. Well done for sure.


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kmhrsn 3 years ago

I didn't want to like this article. 101 tips, are you kidding me? Usually they turn out to be old recycled crap. BUT, instead I ended up LOVING IT. You did a great job, and I definitely picked up some very useful items. Thanks!


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BlowDryBar 3 years ago

I love this lens! So many useful tips in one place.


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BrightDaysAhead 3 years ago

LOVE this lens! You did a GREAT job! Thank you for sharing all of this info!

Both thumbs up from me! :)


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chezchazz 3 years ago from New York Author

@ErikaV LM: I'm sure you're better than you think. I'd hate to tell you how many years of mistakes it took for me to learn this much - and I'm still learning more...


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ErikaV LM 3 years ago

OMG, I feel embarrassed now that I realised how poor my gardening skills and knowledge are -even though I thought I was a promising hobbyist gardener... Thank you for bringing me back to reality. :-)


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for all the great tips! I can't wait to use them. I would like to share something I discovered with crape myrtles, and that is if you cut off the spent flowers when it blooms they will bloom a second time. Happy gardening~


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chezchazz 3 years ago from New York Author

@anonymous: Wouldn't the plastic be slippery?


anonymous 3 years ago

If you are working outside and need a bathroom break etc. Have two plastic bags that you carry home groceries in waiting for you at the door. Pull them over your shoes and tie the handles around your ankles. You have instant protection for your floors.


FaithHodge1 3 years ago

This is seriously a great Lens. I have this bookmarked for I love gardening and I have learned so much from you!


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rosemarieb 3 years ago

Wow - many awesome tips that even my mother didn't know! LOL... she's an avid gardener who I thought knew it all, but you've shared many tips that even she wasn't aware of. Thanks :)


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lonnie-wakefield 3 years ago

Thank you. I suck at gardening (seriously), but I'm always wanting to grow stuff. This should help a great deal!


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simoza01 lm 3 years ago

This is a really useful lens , sharing a lot of wonderful ideas & tip on gardening . Thanks .


GameHelp 3 years ago

These are some great tips, thanks for the awesome lens.


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Mary Stephenson 3 years ago from California

What a great list. I have bookmarked this for future use. I do have one though. In California I have had these huge tomato hornworms and about freaked out the first time I seen them. They were having a hay day munching away on my tomato plants, they can eat a lot in a day! Any time I plant tomatoes I also plant dill with them. Dill seeds beautifully and is great in macaroni salad by the way. So once you plant some you never have to buy seeds again. So the tomato horn worms do not like dill and always leave my tomatoes alone. I plant so much dill around and there are always volunteer plants that sprout up. Easy to grow herb and keeps those pesty bugs away.


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ToolHire LM 3 years ago

One of the best lenses I've read. EVER. :-)


anonymous 3 years ago

I like to take the pulp left from the juicer, and bury it around my plants. Instant worm food and compost.

A bulb planter is just the perfect size.


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notsuperstitious1 3 years ago from Canada

Thanks for all the tips. going to bookmark this.


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SevenSistersRoses 3 years ago

Your Victorian Garden in Summer lens is Awesome!


CASHGURU 3 years ago

Brilliant lens well done. (can you write one for me lol)


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AstroGremlin 3 years ago

Use Sluggo for snails and slugs. It's safe for pets and really works.


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blestman lm 3 years ago

Great lens. I can see why you got a purple star. A lot of gret tips. i don't have anything to add because I am just getting back into organic gardening. My dad did it though and we had great food from it.


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serenity4me lm 3 years ago

Loved all the great tips you have here on this lens, some things I already knew and some I did not. You have a great variety of tips that are very helpful to garden lovers like me. I like the bits about how to test your soil. Very cool lens! Thanks for sharing, have a great night, Margaret


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LauraHofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

These are fabulous tips! I especially liked the composting and companion planting suggestions. Never thought of adding dryer lint to the compost pile! Very interesting and informative lens.


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tobydavis 3 years ago

Love all the natural solutions - lovely lens - and very useful, as I'm thinking about starting an indoor Vegy-Garden.


aleesya_aqilah 3 years ago

i love gardening afterr reading ur lens


anonymous 3 years ago

AlaneG ~ This was WONDERFUL!!! I'm ready to start my garden tomorrow and you have given me many great ideas!!! Thank You!! :)


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clouda9 lm 3 years ago

We don't use chemicals on our property...here is a great mix to spray on weeds/grass around garden fences or on the driveway. To one gallon of white vinegar add 1/2 cup of liquid soap and 2 tablespoons of salt. Shake to mix, pour into a sprayer and safely eradicate unwanted weeds and grass. Don't use in garden beds or in close proximity to plants you want to keep.


anonymous 3 years ago

A lot of great info! Last year, I had a big problem with slugs, so I laid orange peels on the soil around my lettuce, in the evening, then collected a whole lot of slugs the next day, from under the peels.


anonymous 3 years ago

a lot of great tips. thanks


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fifta 3 years ago

These are really great tips. I didn't know most of them. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely try some of your gardening secrets.


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iamraincrystal 3 years ago from Manila Philippines

Just the lens I need to learn more about gardening ^_^


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BigRedDomino 3 years ago

This is by far the most conclusive informative gardening compilation I have ever come across. I am new to gardening and this lens is a favorite of mine. I wish you could make it into a handbook ! I know I would buy it. I continue to share this lens and it's tips with all of the gardeners I know. Thank you so much!


mrbcoins 3 years ago

Superb lens, thank you!


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Echo Phoenix 3 years ago

Fab lens! a great well-organised resource to have at our fingertips, thanks for putting this together:)


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Muebles de exte 3 years ago

nice lens, congratulations and thank you for all the info


anonymous 3 years ago

Great tips. Thanks for sharing.


anonymous 3 years ago

jo these are great tips, some I've used and can't wait to try the new ones...thanks for the effort


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LoriBeninger 3 years ago

Chazz - this was fantastic! I saw half a dozen easy suggestions I can implement immediately! No wonder this is a Top 100 Giant Squid Lens.


anonymous 3 years ago

WOW THOSE ARE GREAT TIPS


anonymous 3 years ago

I sure have never heard of most of these tips and you are now every gardeners best friend....using Jello took me by surprise the most I think. I had heard of the beer and coffee for slugs and also using rough pine cones. Now watering house plants with water from cooking veggies is new to me, waste not want not! This is a wonder! :)


anonymous 3 years ago

This is full of great information!!


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ecogranny 3 years ago from San Francisco

Fabulous range of tips, and plenty I did not know. Love the soap idea for keeping fingernails clean.


anonymous 3 years ago

WOW! This is just what I needed! Thanks!


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missmary1960 3 years ago

Thanks for all of these great tips!


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Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

Very nice lens Chazz. Lots of helpful tips and info for those unwanted visitors in the garden or landscape. Much appreciated! Thank You & Have a Great Day!


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ethermetic 3 years ago

Great lens! I'm always looking for new gardening tips. This lens has a lot I didn't know about. Like the different ways to germinate seeds. I recently wrote a lens on how to use music to grow plants. I find gardening in general fascinating. I already have potatoes and broccoli ready to eat and it's just the beginning of the growing season here.


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mirrie 3 years ago from France

Great lens - I love gardening tips, and there is so much useful info here :)


soaringsis 3 years ago

Thanks you for all of this helpful gardening tips.


anonymous 3 years ago

My go to page! Love it. thanks for all this wonderful information.


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TapIn2U 3 years ago

Learned a lot today. Thank you for info! Sundae ;-)


ConvenientCalendar 3 years ago

A lot of great tips! Thank you for sharing!


anonymous 3 years ago

This page is a wonderful resource! Thanks for posting it.


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Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

I learned so much here, and much of it to deal with problems I have had before. Thank you!


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PremiumCoffeeLo 3 years ago

Top lens. I use my dried, used coffee grounds around my plants to keep away slugs and snails. Really does seem to work a treat.


anonymous 3 years ago

I take all the residue out of my juicer and dig a little hole near the plant, just deep enough to bury the pulp. breaks down quickly and the plants love the extra nutrition.


anonymous 3 years ago

Fabulous lens. You must have worked really hard to produce a lens of this quality. I'll be using many of your tips for evermore :)


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Ardyn25 3 years ago

Great lens, I learned a few things I didn't know. Now, if the snow would just leave my neck of the woods I could get out and use these great tips you've shared! Thanks & have a good weekend.


anonymous 3 years ago

Best tips ever!!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

I simply love gardening and I found this lens very interesting. Thanks for sharing!


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brownee lm 3 years ago

This is an amazing lens, thank you! I bookmarked it share with my dad!


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chocochipchip 3 years ago

Great lens! Thank you so much for sharing!


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Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

Wonderful! Full of great tips and gardening ideas. Glad it is spring, I'm trying some of these.


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annayjo 3 years ago

Definitely have to show this lens to my mom who loves to garden. Thanks


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ajmac 3 years ago

Thank you for a great information garden lens.


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rob-hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

So much useful information, great lens.


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Ash2013 3 years ago

What a beautiful lens and full of useful content! Thanks


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Blueyes01 3 years ago

Wow!!! There were so many great tips! Wonderful Lens!


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bluelily lm 3 years ago

Exhaustive content. Thank you presenting the materials with such elaboration. Really enjoyed your gardening tips.


cbarkett 3 years ago

my goodness, so much great info, I have to bookmark and return :O)


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Kimberley Vico 3 years ago

Thank you for such useful tool for maintaining natural beauty in your gardens by going so green! Great source!


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VineetBhandari 3 years ago

Great lens & informative and interesting tips for gardening. Thanks for sharing :)


soaringsis 3 years ago

This is so helpful. There are tips here that I have never heard of before. Thanks for sharing.


john1581 3 years ago

This lens sure gets a person in the mood for spring . Thank you for this spring inspiring less


anonymous 3 years ago

cut 2 litter bottles by cutting tops and bottoms off an using the middles as plant Protection or to contain the plants that spread. I also do this to keep my dogs and near by cats from digging seedlings up.


anonymous 3 years ago

Fantastic Tips Thank You


Auriel 3 years ago

great lens, interesting.


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Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

This is a really useful page. I'm bookmarking this on Pinterest and sharing it. Really well done. There are a lot of good tips here. Thanks for all the reminders.


williamwiley11 3 years ago

Nice lens. Thank you for sharing:)


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GardenerDon 3 years ago

I just loved #96. I hate wearing gardening gloves but hate even more the task of digging dirt out from my fingernails. As soon as the 3ft of snow currently covering my Canadian backyard is gone, I'll be trying it out!


anonymous 3 years ago

Love your lens, especially the fact that you DO have 101 gardening tips! I named my website/blog, Organic Gardening Tips 101. My tips are just spread across the whole site :)


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David Stone1 3 years ago from New York City

I've always loved seeing new life push it's way up out of the ground. After your thorough coverage, I very much doubt there are many great tips left.


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VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

This lens is so beautiful, and so full of valuable informaiton. I know about pest control tips, but I love your tips as well, and thanks for the information on pruning roses. Wonderful, wonderful lens.


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Muebles de exte 3 years ago

Very nice lens, thank you very much for your info


AntLangston 3 years ago

Easy to see why this lens is ranked so high !!


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shahedashaikh 3 years ago

Very helpful,so many tips and all needed for gardeners.


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Charlino99 3 years ago from USA

Love this lens! I can't believe I haven't seen this one before today. This is definitely bookmarked for further use.


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mrsclaus411 3 years ago

Great tips you have there! Thank you for sharing. Learned a lot from this lens.


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vinopete 3 years ago

Thank you for all the secrets! Organic gardening is so very important.


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Floodle 3 years ago

96 - Fingernails and soap - what a great idea, I think I'll try that the next time I'm working on my car too.


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Hairdresser007 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

I wish there was a 'great' button! Thank you! I want to go plant now!


anonymous 3 years ago

nice lens


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Jeri Baker 3 years ago

@anonymous: Oddly enough, this would actually be illegal in Colorado. We sell water to other states, so we have some pretty weird water rights laws here. It's even illegal to collect rainwater.


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Jeri Baker 3 years ago

I plant lavender and marigolds as my natural anti-pest soldiers.


Healthy-living-tips 3 years ago

Now I know what type of soil I have. It's acidic. I have Bahamian crabgrass and it's thriving here.


anonymous 3 years ago

Save your water from doing the dishes and water your plants with it.


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ItsTimeToBurn 3 years ago

Loads of great tips here! Thank you!


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ItsTimeToBurn 3 years ago

Loads of great tips here! Thank you!


like-an-angel 3 years ago

Wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing with us!


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Steph Tietjen 3 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

How wonderful to have all these tips in one place, the ones I have heard about and many new ones. Thank you for this, I'm pinning it.


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GeekGirl1 3 years ago

This is great info. Thanks.


FarmerTom 3 years ago

These are great! And what an achievement. I pinned it and am looking forward to consulting your list again and again. Thanks!


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Alessandro Zambon 3 years ago from Italy

Wow, I read each one of your 101 tips, and now I'm a more expert gardener! Thanks so much for all your hard work, I appreciated it!


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MariePalmer LM 3 years ago

Absolutely love this page!


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LiteraryMind 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Wonderful suggestions and all so simple and doable.


anonymous 3 years ago

Excellent advice. So precise and practical. Thank you


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Kumar P S 3 years ago

Great lens ! Informative. Thanks for sharing.


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Kumar P S 3 years ago

Great lens ! Informative. Thanks for sharing.


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favored 3 years ago from USA

Excellent tips. I'll be using this site often.


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suepogson 4 years ago

Excellent tips exceptionally useful - thanks!


anonymous 4 years ago

If you live in a place with hot temps or lots of wind put about a quarter to one half of a diaper in the bottom/sides of your moss baskets and you won't half to water every day. If you have a cool damp spring wait until the weather heats up to add it tho or your plants may rot. This also works in the bottom of a regular pot as well.


spurldoggy 4 years ago

I thought i knew a lot about gardening...until I found your lens. I really liked the section on No-Fool Tips for Tools & Gardening Equipment. Very thorough and informative!


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JoshuaJDavid 4 years ago

I can't wait to practice some of these in the spring.


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WriterJanis2 4 years ago

With spring around the corner, this has been very helpful.


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cmadden 4 years ago

Fantastic lens!


laurenrich 4 years ago

Great lens. Great information. I love your work it is very helpful Thanks for sharing.


robbieshaws 4 years ago

Cracking good lens. thank you for sharing this.


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Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

just made 3 pages of notes from this lens - woo hoo! more natural and organic tips to help my garden!


anonymous 4 years ago

What a great lens!


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan. It really isn't difficult, especially if you stick to hardy native plants. Hope you get to enjoy a garden this year.


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SusanDeppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

My gardening secret is that I don't really garden. I just wish I did. Wow, now that I know all your secrets, though, there's no reason why I shouldn't get started! Awesome lens!


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@MaggiePowell: Room temperature water or slightly warmer than that is good. Hot water can also kill the plants. Just avoid extremes and you should do fine. Thanks for your comment.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@AlleyCatLane: Thank you so much for your most kind comment and blessing. (I am overwhelmed by the positive response this lens is getting so apologies for the delay in response.)


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Michey LM: Thank you, Michey.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@getmoreinfo: Glad you liked them.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Allison Whitehead: Thank you so much for your generous comment and blessing. Let me know how it works out for you.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@aquarian_insight: Thanks for the compliment and for sharing with your mum. Appreciate it.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@shellys-space: Slugs are a huge problem here and these things do work. Hope it helps you this year.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@CoeGurl: Thank you


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@katiecolette: Thank you so much. Hope you find some useful hints to help with your garden


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you so much. I have been overwhelmed with the response to this lens and am honored to have earned your blessing,


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Stuwaha: So happy you find it useful. Let me know how it works out for you this spring.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@aesta1: Thank you so much!


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@seegreen: Glad it works for you. Thanks for letting us know.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@KimGiancaterino: Wishing you much success.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@leilasi: You are most welcome. Thanks for the compliment.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@sharonbellis: Thank you. Let me know what works for you in the spring.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@ItayaLightbourne: Thanks so much! So glad you found it helpful.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@MelanieMurphyMyer: Thank you


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Mickie Gee: Good idea. Thanks for sharing.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@GardenIdeasHub LM: Thanks! Means a lot coming from a fellow gardener.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@norma-holt: Thanks so much for the blessing and lensrolls. Appreciate being among such great company on your lenses.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Rosanna Grace: So glad you found it useful. Thanks for letting me know.


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@Margaret Schindel: Thanks. Made my day!


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@pumpum: Thanks so much. Appreciate the compliment and the shares.


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@mrknowitall54321: Thank you. Glad you liked it.


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@AskLou1: Thank you so much for your most generous compliment. Really appreciate it.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@kimbesa2: Thanks. Don't forget to share some jello with your plants. :-)


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Titia: Thank you. I am so glad you liked it, Titia.


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chezchazz 4 years ago from New York Author

@Diana Wenzel: Thank you. Coming from you that is really a huge compliment. Truly appreciate it.


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AskLou1 4 years ago

With so many great gardening lenses here, I hope you understand that this one is really one of the best! I learned a lot of tips, thank you!


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kimbesa2 4 years ago from USA

Awesome! I love these tips, and I gotta have some watermelon Jello now, too!


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Titia 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

I should print this and hang it in my kitchen so I can read it when doing boring chores like washing dishes. Great gardening tips. Blessed.


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Diana Wenzel 4 years ago from Colorado

Beyond superb! These tips are so fascinating. Wow. So much value added here. You really outdid yourself (and that's a huge compliment because your work is always exceptional).


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mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

Fantastic tips! Great idea for a lens


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pumpum 4 years ago

This is amazing lens, I bookmarked it, and I will share it on g+ and pinterest. Great work!!!


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Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

This lens is absolutely AWESOME!!! You've packed in a ton of fabulous, practical, helpful information. Bookmarked and enthusiastically blessed! :)


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Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

Wow! What an excellent resource> I've bookmarked this lens. Thanks! : )


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norma-holt 4 years ago

What a super lens. You have certainly opened my eyes to a few tricks I did not know, The rusty nails are great. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013 and also on also on How to Get out of Debt and Avoid Poverty. Hugs


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GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your gardening lens and I did pick up some good tips.


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Mickie Gee 4 years ago

When I rinse out the milk jug to recycle, I use the water on my tomato plants in the summertime.


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MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

Love the intro photo. Makes me smile.


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ItayaLightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

Excellent tips! I found a few new ones to keep handy. Great article as usual. :)


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sharonbellis 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great tips and so many! This will sure come in handy this spring.


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JuneNash 4 years ago

@seegreen: I'll have to try that once spring gets here. Great idea!


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JuneNash 4 years ago

I absolutely loved this lens! All the tips were great! I will try planting a garlic bulb with my crocus' and see if it deters the rabbits. You suggested this tip for tulips(item 60), but it is my crocus that get abused by the local rabbits. Maybe I'll do that when replanting my Rose of Sharon bushes too. This fall the rabbits cut two of them down to the ground when I transplanted them.


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Dressage Husband 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Great tips a huge like and blessing!


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leilasi 4 years ago from Belgium

Hi! What an amazing list of tips, thanks!!!


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KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

We're no-kill gardeners with many butterflies depending on us, so nature just works it out. I will put some of your tips to use.


seegreen 4 years ago

Great tips. I do #96, it really works well.


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aesta1 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow this is like a manual for Gardeners. I have bookmarked it for reference.


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Stuwaha 4 years ago

What an amazing resource you've created :) Excellent for someone like me who just wings it when it comes to gardening!


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Kailua-KonaGirl 4 years ago from New York

Excellent lens, Chazz! Congrats on being one of the raffle ticket winners! Pinned and *Squid Angel Blessed*


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katiecolette 4 years ago

What an amazing lens! I so need these gardening tips - will bookmark it and come back to it again as it gets closer to March :)


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CoeGurl 4 years ago from USA

Awesome tips!


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shellys-space 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Thanks so much for the tips on killing those nasty slugs and snails! They really liked my Spring flowers last year!


aquarian_insight 4 years ago

What an excellent list of tips and advice - my mum will love this as she loves gardening. Thank you.


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Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

How nice to discover not just 101 tips for the garden, but 101 practical, usable and thoroughly enjoyable to read tips too. Thumbs up and blessed - well deserved too! Now if my garden looks good this year I have you to thank ;)


getmoreinfo 4 years ago

I love these gardening secrets, perfect for my little flower and herb garden.


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Michey LM 4 years ago

Gee! You really find out 101... Thanks, I pike up some new ideas...


AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

Fantastic tips, Chazz!! I had heard of a few of them, but this list is fantastic. Can't wait to try them out. Now I know why you have such beautiful gardens. Blessed!


MaggiePowell 4 years ago

Love the tips on companion planting... as someone with very very VERY limited space, that will be a help.

BTW. I always heard that warm to hot water is good for watering... it kills bacteria (of course, I could be very wrong)

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    Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring an 1880 Victorian.



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