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Baby Wipe Containers
Posted on 04.01.17 by thegardengossip @

This is a great place to stores your little gardening tools, and flower and vegetable markers for next year….baby wipe containers. They are sturdy and they have a close top that you can easily open and store things in. I actually store some of my nails and screws that I use on a yearly basis so that I will know exactly where they are next spring and summer when I go to use them again. And these containers even if you do not have a baby…cost like $1 – easy container to purchase!


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Winter and Salt
Posted on 02.03.17 by thegardengossip @

The salt of the winter can really do a number on your beautiful walkways that you have created. I know that I had always salted my walkways because I didn’t want people to slip and I still do not want them to slip however, my walkways had to be redone because they were just all cracking and falling apart becaues the salk was literally eatting away at the concrete. So now I use a lot of baking soda mixed with and it really does the same thing and I do not ruin my walkway!


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Clean Your Garden Tools
Posted on 09.12.15 by thegardengossip @

It is always good to clean your gardening tools immediately after you have used them. This isbecause you do not know what kind of plant like diseases you will be spreading from one plant to another. Not to mention that they could rust or you could ruin your tools like your gardening scissors if you do not. So just clean them with white finegar. Get a rag and wipe it down and then just let it dry.


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Raccoon Problems?
Posted on 09.01.15 by thegardengossip @

If you are having raccoon problems in your yard or garden or especially near your trash cans then here is a great natural way to keep them away. Just sprinkle some Epsom salt around the area and they will be sure to stay clear of the area. Just be sure to put some more out after a rain storm.


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Dry Your Herbs
Posted on 10.11.12 by thegardengossip @

I love to grow my own herbs because it is so easy and so beneficial to your over all health. The best part is that many of them come back every year so you can enjoy them year after year. I like to put them in my foods, in sachets and just to enjoy outside…especially my lavender – great for sachets!

Dry your herb in a cheesecloth and this way it will prevent the smaller pieces form crumbling and becoming waste.


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Epsom Salt
Posted on 07.10.12 by thegardengossip @

Try Epsom salt first…may save you money!! Epsom Salt is just the best thing that I can give my flowers and roses that are perennials. It helps then through the winter and really does give them a better bloom in the Spring. I just put down a 1/2 to 1 cup of epsom salt once a month and it is just so much easier and so much less costly than spending all that money on fertilizer that sometimes does not even do the trick. I actually do this once a month.


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Get Rid Of Your Weeds
Posted on 06.09.12 by thegardengossip @

I really do not like weeds and even worse I just do not like the whole weeding process. here is a way you can spray them away. Just put women undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on the weeks or the grass you do not want. Do not spray this on your plants though. It also kills ants and other insects too!


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Daisy’s
Posted on 05.07.12 by thegardengossip @

Daisy’s are so easy to grow and they are so lovely to have around your home. There is nothing like a face of fresh cut daisy’s to have on your table. And they bloom all season long so just take a few in at a time and you can have cut flowers all summer long on your table to enjoy indoors and outdoors!


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Immediate Poncho!
Posted on 02.19.12 by thegardengossip @

It is raining out side and you just do not want to get wet but you have not raincoat yet this season or it is still put away and you have to finish up this yardwork that you had started just because you really just want to get it all done. Of course you do not want to get wet so what do you do? You put a garbage bag over you…just cut a hole for your head and arms and you have your instant poncho ready and waiting for you. You stay dry and it is convenient!


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Get Rid of Fire Ants
Posted on 02.17.12 by thegardengossip @

Well, this is going to sound weird but you just want to basically burn their house down. And it is really simple because your are going place a flowerpot upside down over the ant hill and then make sure you have scorching hot boiling water and pour it right through the gran hole and basically you will be completely burning down their house. Thus getting rid of those pestky first ants that are just a pain anyways!


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Green Foam
Posted on 12.20.11 by thegardengossip @

So you would like to arrange your beautiful flowers that you just picked out of your garden but you do not have that green foam do not worry. You just need a potato – still all of the flower stems in a large baked potato. All you have to do is cut it in half and poke some holes in it and stick the flowers in. And the potato will also act as great nutrients for the flowers much more so than the green foam that you would have to overspend money on!!


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Hold Flowers In Place
Posted on 12.19.11 by thegardengossip @

Here is a great tip to hold your artificial flowers in place in your vase. Just fill the vase with a little sale and add just a little cold water – arrange your artificial flowers the way you would like and the salt will solidify so that the flowers will stay in place. And it will not look bad because the salt is white even if it is a clear vase. This is an easy, quick and very cost efficient way of getting this task tone!


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Garden Hose
Posted on 09.25.11 by thegardengossip @

When it comes to your gardening accessories you want to make sure that you have stuff that is really going to hold up and a metal hose is definitely the way to go. I am personally so tire of the plastic and vinyl hoses…they kink up and they freeze and break and vinyl is just not good to have the water that is feeding you plants go through. Rubber is better and holds up better but metal is the way to go if you want something to really last and be reliable for you throughout the year and years to come.


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Your Geraniums
Posted on 08.12.11 by thegardengossip @

Do you have have nice new geraniums and you want to keep them looking as nice as the day you purchased them? Then here is a great tip for you. All you have to do is get a potato and put a small hole in it then put the stem of the geranium into the hold. Then bury the stem as well as the whole potato. You will find that your geranium will get all the nutriuents it needs and it will look fabulous all season long for everyone wto enjoy!


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Dry out your seeds!
Posted on 08.11.11 by thegardengossip @

This is the time of the year when a lot of seeds are sprouting. You can collect them and store them in a bag for next spring…it will save alot of money, is very easy to do and you can actualy make you own flower stand and sell them! Impatients have a lot of seeds – they fill up in pods and then just explode with seeds…store them in a cool and dry place for the winter!


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Time to Weed
Posted on 08.04.11 by thegardengossip @

Do not just think because it is the fall that you should not keep on wedding. Remember the weeds that you do not pull up … sure they will not survive in the winter. However, you will see them back in the Spring..and you really do not want to see them again. It is not good to see the weeds from last year. You do not want to start off the new season with the old mess!


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Bird Feeders
Posted on 03.06.10 by thegardengossip @

Bird feeders are great if you love to feed the birds but you also get a whole bunch of other pests and animals that you may have not wanted to feed or bring in your yard. Becuse that you do your research on the feeders you get so that the squirrels wil not be stealing al of the bird food you left out for the birds!


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Deer Resistant Flowers
Posted on 03.05.10 by thegardengossip @

If you want to get rid of that deer then plant these:
Bee Blm
Boxwood
Daffodil
Hellebore
Lambs Ears
Sage
Prostrate
Siberian Iris
Spotted Deadnettle
Lavender
Ornamental grasses
Peony


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Sugar
Posted on 02.26.10 by thegardengossip @

Ok – so you have probably heard of this one and I do this one all of the time. When you get flowers from your husband or your boyfriend you want ot make sure that you make them last. I put a little ginger ale in with the water but I also put a few tablespoon of sugar in the vase also. And before I put them in the vase I always cut them at a silent underneath running water. They really do last a little longer!


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Check Old Seeds
Posted on 02.25.10 by thegardengossip @

Here is a great way to check your older seeds. I know that on occasion I will misplace the seeds that I have purchased and then I will find them a few years later…are they good? Here is a great adn easy way to test them out. Just put a few of the seeds in a wet paper towel…if they sprout over the next few weeks then you should be all set and plant them in your gardens this year. If they do nothing then just throw them away and don’t waste you garden space!


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Make Your Own Weights
Posted on 02.15.10 by thegardengossip @

Here is a less expensive way to keep down your out door furniture or to hold them down so they will not move or fly away. Just get an old big water jug or even milk jug and fill it up with sand and you don’t have to buy it just get the sand from your back yard if you have it. Then just get some rope and that should do the trick. Then you do not have to worry about wasting money on weights and sand!!


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Pick Up Nails
Posted on 02.13.10 by thegardengossip @

I was making something outside and my niece occasionally likes to try to help me out and it usually ends up in completely disaster and a total mess somewhere. I was building something and she dropped all of my nails all over the ground. Here is a great and easy way to clean up this mess. Just get some magnets and it will be the funnest clean up for a kid..so fun that they may then spill it again on purpose 🙂


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Storing Your Paints
Posted on 02.05.10 by thegardengossip @

I have been doing a lot of outdoor work lately and that includes building and fixing and yes..even painting. I do not particularly like painting either. I find it to be quite boring and messy and I just do a horrible job. But what stinks about painting is that go to pain adn the paint is all dried up from the last time you used it! So here is how you avoid that. Before you cover the paint with their lid put some saran wrap on the top and then put the cover on. You will eliminate bad paint the next time you need it.


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Protect Patio Plants
Posted on 01.20.10 by thegardengossip @

You want to make sure that you protect your patio plants before the colder weather is upon us and it is coming quickly now that is for sure! Here is an easy way to make sure they are protected from the cold and even from the frost. You just get some bubble pack and wrap them up and use tape or string to hold it in place. This will a great insulator so that the soil and the plant will be kept warm throughout the cold months!


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Spraycan
Posted on 01.16.10 by thegardengossip @

I don’t know about you but I have a can of spraypaint always handy for when I need to mark things really quick. Usually things that I want to get rid of like a tree or a shrub that should really not be there. The only think is htat you can not use spray paint on those windy days. However if you have small items to spraypain the best way to do it without the overspray is to put the items in a plastic bag and spray in the bag. Then you just through away the bag…less mess and you don’t have to breathe it in.


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