Garden Hacks

Bug Defense Cage From Old Window Screens

by Daisy Garden

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 Brown and that football, I can’t resist. I […]

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Make Your Own Cheap and Easy Plant Propagation Box

by Daisy Garden

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 make a propagation box for cuttings. I built […]

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Easy Blueberry Bush Bird Protection

by Daisy Garden

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 sit on the outside and pick berries through […]

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Rooting Strawberry Runners in In-Ground Cells

by Daisy Garden

  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 like they have been dipped in sugar and […]

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Make Your Own Nifty Seed Tape

by Daisy Garden

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 seed tape, particularly for tiny, fiddly seeds.  By […]

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How to Mower-Mulch Leaves

by Daisy Garden

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 it. I could (and do) put them as […]

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Marigold Insect Spray

by Daisy Garden

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 to combat tomato hornworms, other leaf-cutting insects, plus […]

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Weed Killing!

by Ivory Soap Garden

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 you’ve ever had a dog that wasn’t supposed […]

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Quick Cucumber Supports

by Ivory Soap Garden

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 the fuzzy pic, my silly camera kept going […]

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Easy Organic Garden Plant Food

by Daisy Garden

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 can just use this: Veggie Plant Food (Enough […]

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Easy Organic Garden Bug Repellant

by Daisy Garden

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 on bugs as a killer or use in […]

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Pickles and Printable: Stretching Your Seed Stash

by Daisy Garden

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 for 3-5 years! Materials Needed: TBSP dry milk […]

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Newspaper Seedling Packs

by Daisy Garden

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 ignore the dirt, I’ve been moving seedlings around […]

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Newspaper Seedling Pots

by Daisy Garden

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 (don’t tell anyone) a little piece of tape […]

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Build A Seedling Tray

by Daisy Garden

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 called, and I don’t know what it was […]

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Add PVC Hoops To Raised Beds

by Daisy Garden

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 eating seeds and seedlings lightweight crop blankets/row covers […]

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