by Julia Rivers
(San Francisco, California, USA)
Give a little extra love to your garden this Summer……
Is your garden looking a little under the weather? Why not save yourself a trip to the garden centre and instead opt to use household foods and items to give your plants the lift they may need?.
Below we have listed some of the common household items you would find in your pantry that can help maintain a beautiful blossoming green garden without using harmful and expensive chemicals from the shop.
Grubby Gardening Hands: no matter how hard you scrub, do your hands still look like you’ve been digging in the dirt all weekend long? Try rubbing some olive oil and sugar between your palms which can get rid of those soil stained hands.
Flower Fertilizer: tired of harmful chemicals? Why not make sure of your own banana peels by sticking them just below the surface of the soil. They will rot quickly and provide your plants with magnesium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, sodium and silica.
Another great at home fertilizer is ground coffee. Coffee is high in nitrogen and can particularly help with your rose bush care. Still a small sprinkle is all your garden needs.
Indoor Garden Care: If you have an indoor garden and are worried about the state of your indoor plants, try using castor or mineral oil as a massaging lotion on their leaves. This will leave them looking green and healthy
Brown Be Gone: gardenias and camellia’s are beautiful flowers for your garden. However, in many instances the leaves will turn brown leaving your garden looking a little dull and uncared for. A simple solution to this is table salt. That’s right, just sprinkle a little bit on the plants and the brown will go away..
Worm No Worries: grab a few matchsticks and place them soil end down. This little trick will repel sulfur into the garden and keep the worms away.
Tea for Two: next time you make a cup of tea, save the tea leaves or the last bit of tea from the pot. Sprinkle it as a fertilizer for your garden or loosen the soil and place the leaves around the base of the plant. Tea is filled with essential nutrients that are especially great for roses, azaleas, violets, and hydrangeas.
It’s amazing the difference those everyday household items can make when it comes to garden care!