Helpful Garden Hints

Here are some helpful garden hints that have been passed down over the years that we would like to share. The more you know about gardening the greater your chances for success. We hope these "secrets" combined with your superior knowledge of gardening will prove to be beneficial in providing you a bountiful garden.

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Some herbs act as insect repellents in your garden. Chives will not only repel the rust flies in your carrots but they will also repel aphids. Chives are also a good companion for your roses.

Some companion plants attract insects that can be very helpful. Plants such as carrots, goldenrod, and alfalfa attract ladybugs, assassin bugs, big-eyed bugs, lacewings, and damsel bugs. These insects are predators and eat the other insects that are harmful to your plants.

Lima beans, asparagus, basil, and cabbage make nice companions for tomato plants. On the other hand, the following do not make good companions for tomatoes Cauliflower, broccoli, rosemary, potatoes, dill, carrots, parsley, chives, and onions.

For vegetables such as peas and bush beans, gardeners should avoid planting onions, garlic, shallot, and leeks, but carrots and cucumbers will make nice companions for these types of vegetables. It's not a good idea to plant garlic around anything except beans, tomatoes will not do well around peppers or potatoes, and avoid planting potatoes with eggplants.

Try these aromatic herbs to prevent insects. Thyme deters cabbageworms, mint deters cabbage moths, and basil deters mosquitoes, tomato hornworms, and flies.

If you have problems with deer in your garden, take a rag and dunk it in creosote and stick the soaked rag on a pole. After a day or so you will not notice the smell but the deer will...they hate it!

To keep birds away from your yellow crocuses or primula, plant some lavender near them.

Planting lavender in your strawberry bed will improve the crop.

Banana skins are full of nourishment. Since they rot quickly, dig them in near the surface of the soil.

Rinse out all your beer bottles and milk jugs, disposing of the water in your garden; this acts as a mild yet effective manure. Real soapy water (not detergent) is, of course, a deterrent for greenfly and is also good for most plants.

Put all your kitchen refuse in the compost heap! If you can it the plants will like it as well. Straight from the pot, your tea leaves and coffee grounds should be placed on the rose bed.

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