Gardening Tips for Houseplants, Vegetables, and Garden Plants

A LITTLE GLIMPSE OF MY GARDEN IN THE CITY OF DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
A LITTLE GLIMPSE OF MY GARDEN IN THE CITY OF DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Who is your landscaper?

You do not have to be a master gardener to have a beautiful garden in full bloom or a house filled with lovely plants. You just need to know a few gardening secrets, using common household products, so keep reading to learn the secrets to creating a wonderful garden and stunning houseplants. Before you know it you will have your neighbors asking: “Who is your landscaper?”

African Violets

~ They thrive on calcium, so the next time you boil eggs, save the boiled egg water and put it in their saucer. They will thank you by providing you with many beautiful flowers

~ If you want to keep your African Violets healthy then just push a few rusty nails into the soil. I know it sounds crazy but it really does work.

AZALEAS BEFORE CUTTING - AND AFTER - THEY LOOK SO SAD AFTER YOU CUT THEM BACK.  NEXT YEAR THEY WILL LOOK BEAUTIFUL WITH SO MANY FLOWERS.
AZALEAS BEFORE CUTTING - AND AFTER - THEY LOOK SO SAD AFTER YOU CUT THEM BACK. NEXT YEAR THEY WILL LOOK BEAUTIFUL WITH SO MANY FLOWERS.

Azaleas

~ These acid loving plants love to be sprayed with a solution of 1 gallon of water and 1 teaspoon of ammonia. They will perk up and say Thank You! (Spray about every 3 weeks)

~ Are your Azaleas producing yellow leaves? Don't cut them down just yet. Try to water them with a solution of 1 tablespoon VINEGAR to 1 gallon of water. It should help the yellowing problem. You may still have to trim the leaves that are already yellowed - but the plant is not dead

Cabbage

~ Does your cabbage have caterpillars? If so, shred 2 onions (keep the juice) and mix with 1 gallon of water. Let sit overnight and then strain. Put this concoction in a spray bottle and go to town spraying your cabbage for two days. Before you know it, these caterpillars will be seeking a new cabbage patch.

Camellias

~ These lovely flowering plants ( I think they should be classified as a bush/tree) love coffee grounds. So they next time you get ready to throw out those grounds, walk outside and fertilize that Camellia. It will love you for it!

ONE OF MY MANY FERNS THAT KEEP COMING BACK
ONE OF MY MANY FERNS THAT KEEP COMING BACK

Ferns

~ Are your Ferns looking a bit sad? Give them a drink of tonic water and they will perk right up.


~ Do the leaves seem a little dull and lack luster? Mix together 1 quart of water and 1 teaspoon of ammonia and water them thoroughly. They will start to produce nice green lush leaves.

PARTS OF MY FLOWER GARDEN
PARTS OF MY FLOWER GARDEN
MY LIRIOPE IN THE FRONT YARD WHERE THE NEIGHBORS CAT LIKES TO "USE THE POTTY"
MY LIRIOPE IN THE FRONT YARD WHERE THE NEIGHBORS CAT LIKES TO "USE THE POTTY"

Flower Beds

~ Do the neighbors cat and dog keep using your flowerbeds as a "potty"? Plant some moth balls around the flowerbed about an inch into the ground and they will find a new place to tinkle. This really works! My neighbors cat would always tinkle on my Liriope and it would turn yellow and die. Well, not anymore.

This really works! My neighbors cat would always tinkle on my Liriope and it would turn yellow and die. Well, not anymore

MY FIG TREE
MY FIG TREE

Fruit Trees

~ Love the birds but want to eat the fruit that your beautiful tree provides? Well then, scare them away by cutting strips of a mylar from an old party balloon and tying them on the branches. Birds aren't too fond of things floating and flapping in the trees.

~ Are your trees not producing fruit? If not, try sprinkling some borax under it. Fruit trees love boron and after a sprinkling of Borax they should start to produce. I don't know if this works or not. An in-law told me this trick and I'm a little skeptical. If it does work, write me to let me know.

Gardenias

~ Are your Gardenias starting to yellow? Before you cut them down and think they are diseased or dead - try watering them with 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 gallon of water. You might just be surprised by the results.

~ Do you eat pickles? If you do, try not to be stingy. Gardenias love pickle juice. When you finish with that jar of pickles, why not just pour the juice right on the roots. You will be delighted to see how many beautiful white blossoms appear.

Geraniums

~ Don't have anyone to drink with? Well, the next time you open a beer, share some with your Geranium. They love it!

~ If you want to increase the growth and blooms then add your left over coffee grounds to the soil when you plant them. Just be sure to mix it thoroughly so the roots get the good nutrients.

Green Peppers

~ When the first blossoms have faded, water each plant with 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water and water them with only 1 pint of the solution. This will help them thrive and produce more green peppers. I wish I could give you a picture of Green Peppers - unfortunately for me and my family - my husband killed them by stepping on them while trying to "help". Gotta love him though because he will go buy me any color pepper so we can have stuffed peppers. Hmmmmm........

Houseplants

~ Does that lovely kitty of yours think your houseplant is it's litter box? If so, add a few pine cones around the base of the plant - Kitty certainly won't make that mistake again. This actually does work. Well, I say that; however, it works for me to keep my cat from laying in the dirt - he actually uses his litter box - thank goodness!

Poison Ivy

~ Hate poison ivy? Who doesn't? A natural way to get rid of that pesky little plant is to mix 3 pounds of salt to 1 gallon of soapy water. Put some in a spray bottle and go to town spraying the leaves and the stems. I just did this yesterday. I will update to let you know if it works. And....yes...I got poison ivy while doing it - so wear long sleeves, gloves, pants and shoes.

THE ROSES I CAN SHOW YOU - MY HUSBAND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CUTE TO CUT THE BIG RED ONES AND GIVE THEM TO ME AS A GIFT. HMMMMM.....HE THOUGHT I WOULDN'T NOTICE - NOW THAT'S JUST FUNNY!
THE ROSES I CAN SHOW YOU - MY HUSBAND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CUTE TO CUT THE BIG RED ONES AND GIVE THEM TO ME AS A GIFT. HMMMMM.....HE THOUGHT I WOULDN'T NOTICE - NOW THAT'S JUST FUNNY!

Roses

~ Do your roses disappoint you when it comes to providing blooms? If so, then sprinkle 1 ounce of Epsom salt around the roots before watering. If you do this once a month, you will have blooms that will have your neighbors "stopping to smell the roses"

~ Plant garlic bulbs near the base of your roses to prevent black spot and mildew.

~ Are your climbing roses getting out of hand? (Mine are!) If they are, try tying them with mint flavored dental floss (the green kind). The nylon the floss is made of is weather resistant and the green color blends beautifully with the green foliage. I actually did this and it does work; however, it is very hard to find green dental floss these days - try Walmart or Target.

Sweet Peppers

~ If you want the best tasting peppers in the universe then put a book of opened matches in the soil when you plant them. The plants love the sulfur that is released and it helps them flourish.

MY TOMATO PLANTS - AND YES, I HAVE NAILS AROUND THEM - THEY ARE HUGE!!!!
MY TOMATO PLANTS - AND YES, I HAVE NAILS AROUND THEM - THEY ARE HUGE!!!!

Tomato Plants

~ Have a nematode (roundworm) problem? Plant some marigolds around your tomato plants to keep them at bay.

~ Squirrels eating your harvest? Sprinkle a few moth balls around the base of your plant - they will definitely leave the tomatoes for you to enjoy. This works for rabbits too.

~ The next time you cut the grass - don't bag your clippings. Instead spread your grass clippings around the root of your tomato plant in dry weather. They will be grateful! Don't worry - You won't get many weeds.


I realize that some of these tips where stated in another hub. I apologize for the redundancy; however, I was asked to create one for individual plants. Everyone retains information in different ways, so just bypass the ones you have already seen and enjoy the ones that are new to you. Happy Gardening!

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