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Top 12 Garden Hacks For Your Most Successful Garden Ever!
Now that warmer weather is finally here, it’s time to think about your summer garden. There is nothing like picking your own fresh, organic vegetables from your own garden and making a summertime salad!
There has been tons of research to show that people who have gardens, big or small, tend to live much healthier lives than those who do not. Many of the best gardening hacks or tips come from those who need to garden on a budget, or sometimes, they are just shortcuts that some people have picked up over the years that work and are kinda cool!
Keep reading and find out some of the top 12 garden hacks for your summer garden.
1. Best Ant Defense
If your garden should become overrun with ants (this is generally due to aphids, which we will discuss later) boil some citrus fruit peels (lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit) in some water. Once the water cools, pour it around the base of your plants. You can also spray some up and down the plants. You can discard the peels or work them into the garden for some great fertilizer. Ants don’t like the scent and they should make tracks elsewhere. Boiling some sweet potatoes also works. Now, let’s talk about those aphids!
2. Aphid Control
Everyone knows that a safe and easy way to get rid of aphids is to simply wash them off with a hose or to spray them with a little soap and water, but have you ever tried tape? Seriously, tape! Since aphids love to live underneath leaves, this is an easy way to pick them all off at one time. Wrap some wide strip masking tape around your hand (sticky side out, of course) and then press it against the leaves, similar to how you would pick up lint off of fabric. This works remarkably well and you can get dozens of those little buggers in one swoop!
3. Larger Bug Control
The best way to remove larger garden pests, such as tomato bugs, squash bugs, and caterpillars, is to remove them by hand. Ladies, how many of you are squeamish about picking some of those ugly faced crawlies by hand? Thought so. Although it might seem a little gross, there is an easier method that keeps you at a distance from that bug – a clothes hanger. Simply unwind a metal coat hanger and you can poke that bug, like skewering a vegetable, and remove him from your garden.
4. Weed Control
You probably know that sugar isn’t good for you, but did you know that it’s not good for weeds either? Wet the offending weed, then pour one tablespoon of sugar over the plant. It will kill it right down to the roots. You can pull it out the next day. Be careful not to get any sugar on the plants you do want. Find out other ways to kill weeds without poisonous RoundUp.
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