Category: Gardening

Garden Help

Lawn

  • Collecting lawn clipping is not necessary and actually depletes the soil of nutrients and organic matter. Grass clipping do NOT lead to thatch buildup. Instead, use a mulching lawn mower so lawn clippings don’t have to be collected.. If collected, lawn clippings can be added to your compost pile.
  • Whatever you do, don’t send leaves to a landfill. Instead, compost them or use, support, or work to develop a yard waste recycling program in your neighborhood.

Garden

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  • Develop your own compost pile so you can return the valuable plant material back to the soil in your yard.
  • Don’t send plant-based garden waste to a landfill. Instead, support your local yard waste recycling program for any materials you can’t compost and use in your own yard.
  • Reuse plastic, clay, and other pots in your garden. Don’t send them to a landfill. And, when a plastic pot has enjoyed a good life, send it to be recycled. In St. Louis the Missouri Botanical Garden has offered a pot recycling service since 1998.
  • If you want to use a chipper-shredder for light use, electric ones result in less air pollution than gas-powered.

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Garden Tip

To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

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Health Benefits of Gardening

Health Benefits of Gardening

Greatest Woe by MwsR

Sometimes the things that bring us joy

Bring also trouble and pain

Thoughts we had planned in our heads

Make us weary when they are changed,

Some of our greatest woes comes from that

While we are weary they alter our peace

Peace that we had until then

Our greatest woes often come from the thinking within

Sadness robs the happy man of control

He loses his smile and joy, when he tarries so

After all, what are smiles but upside down frowns!

More than not people live life in the past

Meaningless attempts, because nothing ever lasts

Why not live like there is only today?

As the saying goes, “Learn not to expect and you’ll never be disappointed.”

If we cannot achieve what we want,

We will settle, much to ourselves, its a loss

If disappointment can be a challenge,

Sorrow will come in yielding the sword that can kill.

Trouble will accumulate and bring with it his friends

Our life will be like a hostage, to that

Hope is not bad but it gives false security and bliss

It clings to our dreams and even our obscurities

It paints a false illusion,

Unless with the hope you can carry knowledge

Knowledge that things can alter at any moment,

And then after you collect your new perspective on things,

You can then come to a different hope.

Constantly re adjusting,

Forever changing,

Our greatest woes are defining

Just don’t let them take charge

Find ways of adapting, changing, and thinking.

Then our greatest woe won’t defeat us.


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Insect Repelling Plants

Keep Bugs at Bay

Keep Bugs at Bay

Lucky for us, there are garden plants that naturally send bad bugs packing. These insect-repelling plants generally have strong odors and oils that are offensive to some mosquitoes, flies, and other bugs. Add these human-safe, natural bug-control plants to your containers and patio plantings to lessen the bug population for your next backyard gathering.

Basil

Basil

Grow this excellent mosquito repellent as a centerpiece on your patio table, or plant a drift of basil in the garden bed. Both insect-repelling and a culinary herb, basil is easy to grow from seed or transplants. There are many varieties of basil—and they all repel insects—so choose the variety that best suits your needs. Try ‘Thai Magic’ for use in Southeast Asian dishes or ‘Spicy Globe’ for a tabletop container.

Mint

Mint

Rodents will also be far away with the help of a plant. Mint plants, such as peppermint, can deter rodents in your home. Pests, such as mosquitoes, ants, flies; and other rodents, such as mice and rats, will be no more with this plant lying around. Mint can be in the form of crushed leaves, oils, sprays, or even mint gum to shoo them away for good.

Crush Leaves and Stems

Crush Leaves and Stems

You need to get rough with insect-repelling plants to bring out their repelling power! These special plants are ineffective when they’re just sitting in a pot or merely growing in the soil next to a patio. The leaves must be crushed to release their volatile oils, which ward off stinging and biting invaders.

Don’t hesitate to crush a few leaves between your fingers as you pass by insect-repelling plants. You can also rub the broken leaves on your skin for extended bug repellent.

Special note: Be sure to test for any allergy first by rubbing the leaves on a quarter-size patch of skin on your inner forearm for a day or so; if there’s no irritating skin reaction, it’s likely safe for you to rub away.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Whether you grow it as a container plant or in the garden, lemongrass has an elegant upright appearance and lovely bright green foliage. The leaves and stems can be harvested for culinary use in Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Snip a few inches off the leaf tips to release the plant’s natural bug-repelling oils. Lemongrass is easy to grow from seed and is considered a tender perennial. It doesn’t tolerate freezing temperatures but enjoy it year-round by growing it in a pot and bringing it inside in the winter.

Lavender

Lavender

Lavender has a charming scent we all know and love—except for some insects, that is. Mosquitoes, moths, and flies tend to stay away from lavender plants in general, but the most effective way to keep them away is to rub the plant on your skin and nearby surfaces to release the oils.

Remember: Bugs Do Good Work

Remember: Bugs Do Good Work

The ecosystem consists of multitudes of beneficial insects. These hardworking insects are essential pollinators and crucial to our food system while keeping bothersome bugs in check. Protect the ecosystem by not using chemical bug repellents unless necessary.

Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme

A creeping herb with a bright citrus fragrance, lemon thyme releases oils that repel many kinds of bugs. Use lemon thyme as a groundcover and enjoy its insect-repelling properties every time you tread on it. Lemon thyme grows well in full sun and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant and easy to grow from transplants purchased at the garden center.

A popular culinary herb, lemon thyme has the best flavor before the plant flowers.

Garlic

Garlic

A great companion plant for many food crops, garlic can repel several insect pests. Plant it near plants in the cabbage family, as well as carrots and tomatoes. Garlic is planted from individual cloves purchased at the garden center. Plant the cloves in fall, and shoots will emerge from the soil the following spring.

More Bug-Smart Strategies

More Bug-Smart Strategies

In addition to employing bug-repelling plants in the garden, try these tactics to keep mosquitoes, biting flies, and other troublesome bugs at bay.

Go weed-free. Weed plants create food and shelter sources for bad bugs. They also rob nutrients and water from nearby good garden plants.

Promote healthy plants. Plant the right plant in the right place to promote healthy, strong plants that naturally ward off diseases and insects. Grow sun plants in the sun and shade plants in shade.

Mulch. A 2-inch-thick layer of mulch suppresses weeds and prevents soil moisture loss, creating a healthy growing zone.

Search for pest-resistant varieties. Some plant varieties are selected to be more resistant to insect pests than other varieties. Search out plants that have good pest resistance.

Eliminate standing water.

Catnip

Catnip

A perennial herb in the mint family, catnip is typically marketed to cat-lovers, but it possesses mosquito-repelling ability that rivals some commercial bug sprays. Plant in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Start catnip from transplants purchased at the garden center; the plant’s tiny seed is tough to germinate.

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