Garden Hacks

Bug Defense Cage From Old Window Screens

I know it’s late in the season for squash, but I just had to give it one last try. My inability to win the squash bug, squash beetle, and, particularly, squash BORER battle is a sore spot with me. This may not work either, but like Charlie […]Read the full article...

Make Your Own Cheap and Easy Plant Propagation Box

When I was going through our local Master Gardener course, we went on a field trip to Memphis Botanic Gardens, where the resident garden manager, Chris Cosby, led a brief course in propagation techniques. One of the methods he described was using a modified styrofoam cooler to […]Read the full article...

Easy Blueberry Bush Bird Protection

Many years ago I tried draping deer netting over my blueberry bushes. It was a complete failure. I didn’t secure the netting at ground level so the birds got up under the net, it was a pain to crawl under there to pick, and the birds could […]Read the full article...

Rooting Strawberry Runners in In-Ground Cells

  The Sweet Charlie strawberries I planted in October have grown steadily since I put them in the ground. The started blooming several weeks ago. Now they have nice, big, green berries. Sweet Charlies are supposed to be especially sweet, so sweet they’re often described as tasting […]Read the full article...

Make Your Own Nifty Seed Tape

Seed tape is one of those things people have a strong opinion about.  Either you love it and think it sounds very useful, or you think:  Seriously?  Seed tape? I was one of the latter until recently when I realized how easily I could make my own […]Read the full article...

How to Mower-Mulch Leaves

The leaves on the lawn in my yard don’t satisfy my leaf craving, so I go trolling the curb for bags and bags of my neighbors’ leaves, too.  I’m sure I raise some eyebrows, like when I raid their cardboard on recycle day, but I can’t help […]Read the full article...

Marigold Insect Spray

I can’t bring myself to pull up the giant marigold that’s hogging a good one-third of one of my best raised beds so I’m determined to get the most benefit out of it.  One of the uses for this plant is in a spray which is said […]Read the full article...

Weed Killing!

We played this game last week.  Are you ready?  What do you think this is? Are you sure? You know I don’t play fair, so I’ll just tell you… It’s an herbicide drift eliminator!  Ever try to kill something lame and accidentally injure your awesome stuff?  If […]Read the full article...

Quick Cucumber Supports

The friend who’s garden I’ve fluttered over for the past week really only wanted me to go do one thing.  Support her baby cukes, living almost smack dab in the middle of her bed.   So, after some thought, this is what I came up with. (Please forgive […]Read the full article...

Easy Organic Garden Plant Food

picture from Tomatocasual.com Sometimes our plants go yellow. Or brown on the leaf edges. Or just generally unhappy in a well-watered, pest-free, yet-some-how-still-unhappy way. The plant is probably hungry. You can go CRAZY trying to figure out if it’s missing calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, what-have you, OR you […]Read the full article...

Easy Organic Garden Bug Repellant

See those aphids? They killed that plant. But I mixed up some voodoo and I haven’t seen one since. Allium Tea 6 cloves garlic 1 onion 1qt warm water 3T liquid soap* (not detergent) Buzz first three in blender. Add soap. Steep overnight and strain. Spray directly […]Read the full article...

Pickles and Printable: Stretching Your Seed Stash

Some folks collect and store their own seeds. Some folks buy and store their seeds. But, what you do not want to do is buy new seed every year if you don’t have to, right? And most of the seed you buy this season can be kept […]Read the full article...

Newspaper Seedling Packs

You know those cute little six-packs of veggies you pick up at the garden center? By wrapping TL’s mini-pots around a SQUARE spice container instead of a round one, you can make your own. 1. Tear in half one sheet of newspaper and fold into thirds. (Please […]Read the full article...

Newspaper Seedling Pots

I tried the drinking glass newspaper pots (too big), the origami newspaper pots (too big and had to think too hard), and the toilet roll paper pots (good but didn’t start collecting soon enough). So, duh, I just made tiny versions of the drinking glass pots with […]Read the full article...

Build A Seedling Tray

I looked at this picture in Entertaining, Martha Stewart’s first book, for years, and all I saw was cookies. Delicious chocolate chip cookies. And then, one day, when I was ready, I saw IT: the antique wooden thing the cookies were in. I don’t know what it’s […]Read the full article...

Add PVC Hoops To Raised Beds

I don’t think a raised vegetable bed is complete without hoops. They provide a neat, removable/interchangeable framework for: plastic sheeting to create greenhouse conditions for germinating seedlings and to guard against cold weather and punishing downpours netting to keep cats and dogs from digging and birds from […]Read the full article...