Some Gardening Tips
Waking up your Lawn Mower!:- If you use a gas (petrol) powered lawn
mower you may have had a problem in starting it up for the first cut of the year; try replacing
the fuel with brand new. The more volatile parts of petrol tend to
evaporate faster than the rest and this affects ease of ignition. Just
topping up with fresh gas is sufficient to make a big difference,
especially with an older machine. -- Axel K
Insecticide:- Boiling down a few cloves of garlic, straining,
and adding an eggcupful of low cost dishwashing liquid will produce a
gallon of useful aphid deterrent -- Margaret Anderson
Wooden Decking can become very slippery when wet . A good solution is
to use chicken wire fixed down with staples. A Klystrom
Pesky Cats: Unwanted
cats can be kept out the garden by sprinkling pepper in the garden.
Citrus fruit peel is supposed to work as well. – Anne Johns.
Stick open bottles into the middle of molehills to deter moles, as the
sound of wind blowing over the empty bottle tops will scare the moles
away. – Anne Johns.
Slugs and Snails:To
keep slugs away from sensitive plants sprinkle eggshells around them.
Ash and grit are also supposed to be effective. Sprinkle slugs with
salt to kill them. It is also possible to trap slugs using containers
in the ground that have some beer in the bottom. Empty grapefruit
halves work as well. Vaseline smeared around plant pots stops slugs
getting to the plants inside. – Rosalind Ed.
Pour some grits on the ant hill.... when the ants take the stuff and
eat it, it expands and kills them -- PsiQueue
My azaleas like a bit of white wine vinegar added to their water every
so often.They also like used teabags as fertilizer. -- Anon.
My rose plants love old banana skins placed around their bottoms as
fertilizer. -- Anna Davis
Pinch off the tendrils to improve the flowering capacity -- Vanessa
Bury your fuchsia’s in the winter to protect them from the frost. --Vanessa
Grow your own
Chilies. Save some seeds from small red peppers and plant two
or three seeds at a time in yogurt pots. When they are a couple
of inches high repot in a medium sized plant pot. You will soon have an
attractive indoor plant - and a supply of chillies -- Simon Spicer
I find my leeks grow better when you add a bit of soot to their soil.
I've also heard that they also like heavy beers like stout to drink as
well, but I'm a bit skeptical myself. -- D Jenkins, Cardiff
Avoid watering with cold or chlorinated water, leave the water standing
for a few hours. Keep a container for water in your greenhouse -- V
Keep cucumbers dry at the point that they emerge from the ground to
avoid "Collar Rot" -- V E Webb
A couple of tips....
Hi there webmaster of hints n tips, here's a couple of tips for those
involved with hydroponics.
1) A video on setting up a hydroponics system http://www.1-hydroponics.co.uk/video.htm
2) General hydroponics tips http://www.1-hydroponics.co.uk/top-tips.htm
Best Regards, Duane.
Very useful houseplant resource website. www.plantoasis.com