Keep slugs and aphids away from window boxes with a homemade, nonchemical pest spray. Place one peeled onion, two peeled garlic cloves, and one teaspoon cayenne pepper in the jar of a blender. Add three cups of water, and blend until smooth. Let the mixture sit overnight, strain the liquid into a spray bottle, and coat plants generously. The solution will keep, refrigerated in the bottle, for up to one week.
These wire cage supports work even for the largest tomatoes. Wearing protective gloves, use a bolt cutter to snip cross-wires on one 6-foot edge of a 6-by-5-foot piece of concrete-reinforcement wire; leave a "fringe" of wire ends, each about 3 inches long. Repeat on other long side. Cut 6-inch fringe on one short side. Roll wire to form a cylinder, with long sides touching, so that the last complete grid sections on both sides overlap fully. Bend back fringe around cage to secure. To anchor, sink 6-inch fringe 9 inches into soil. Tuck back young branches into cage as needed.
Put a kitchen shaker to work in your garden; it's a great tool for dispersing horticultural-grade diatomaceous earth. This nontoxic pesticide, which has sharp edges that kill slugs and bugs without chemicals, can be difficult to spread. But a shaker lets you dust an even ring on soil around plants.
Seed packets make excellent markers for seedlings because they are chock-full of information. But left unprotected, the paper will fall apart in the first rainstorm. Attach packets to wooden stakes by slitting the bottom of the paper with a knife and sliding the stake through; shield each marker under a small inverted mason jar.
When combined with heat, high atmospheric humidity provides nearly ideal conditions for the breeding of fungal diseases. Wetting plant foliage increases the threat of infection even more. To irrigate during hot, humid weather, use a hose-end bubbler or a "leaky" soaker hose, and apply the water directly to the soil.
Get inspired by ultra-organized spaces and beautifully-designed rooms.Take the Tour