According to Jamie Durie, horticulturist and host of “Outback Nation,” the frustration that gardeners experience when they find their freshly planted gardens invaded by weeds or pesky critters is a thing of the past! With these solutions, you can have your cake and eat it too… or rather, a lovely garden with solutions made from things around the home to keep them free of weeds and critters.
Tip 1: Organic solutions are more effective weed killers than ones full of harsh chemicals.
Bonus: If you are growing food, and treating it without harsh chemicals there is less of a worry that you are later consuming those same chemicals!
Want to see your weeds curl up and die right before your eyes? Mix four cups of salt in a gallon of water, spray on weeds and like magic, they are gone!
Tip 2: It IS possible to deter pesky critters from getting to your plants without causing them harm.
Planting items that do not taste or smell good to rodents is one way of keeping them out, but you may also try using a simple chicken wire around new plants to make it harder for critters to get to. Durie also says that using fish fertilizer is a organic fertilizer to the plants, but serves as a deterrent to bunnies and gophers.
If you are having a problem with the family dog (or a random neighborhood dog) marking their territory on your garden, spray your plants with a mixture of cayenne pepper and water for prevention.
Tip 3: Fruits and vegetables can thrive indoors and out
Plants of all varieties can thrive in a greenhouse. The main reason people insist on certain types of fruits or vegetables being grown in one location over the other is due to longevity. If the plant is receiving proper light and water, it will survive indoors and out.
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