GARDEN PLANNER MAKES IT EASIER

I have always used a planner, but many times the print out from the computer or handwritten one got legs and got wet and faded.  I have found that the easiest way to not lose my garden planner is to place it in a spiral binder.  I used different color tabs to separated sections.  This helps me to stay organized.  Also, I can not only mark where I planted seeds in the garden, but I can keep a record as to how what I planted is growing, where I purchased each type of seed and whether or not I should bother planting it again.   I use garden labels for each planted container or seed tray, but should I lose either, I have a back-up.

GARDEN LABELS, EASY 1,2,3

CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT YOU PLANTED WHERE? Here's help...

Here is another idea of something you can make that's really inexpensive compared to buying labels in the store. Even if you buy them in the Dollar Tree, 1.25,  you only get 10 labels. By using a yogurt container, plastic milk carton or equivalent and cutting them into long pieces, these can be used as labels, over and over again, which work really good inside or out. 

I love coming up with easy, inexpensive ways for gardening on a budget.  These labels were made from plastic containers like yogurt, jugs of all sorts, etc. I apologize that they are not perfect, but you can make them any shape, size or color.  

The photo shows two Sharpies. One is a traditional permanent black and the other is a Sharpie that contains white enamel paint. I found it at Michaels. You can purchase this in either a regular point or fine point. I prefer the thicker point when writing on the plastic. My pen is actually running out of ink, so it is not real thick. 

This is just an idea. I hope it's a help. Please remember that I also have my garden plan in my notebook. In this way if my labels fade away or blow away, I still have the information to refer to.

 

SELF-WATERING GARDEN

David the Good (Goodman) has a great idea for making a self-watering garden with Dollar Tree purchases costing him $20. Easy to do and rewarding, especially if you have to travel.

GROW YOUR OWN WORMS!

Vermiculture is not new, but here is a great video to simplify the process. Also, don't forget the vermiculture "bucket."

NEED WOOD CHIPS FOR YOUR GARDEN?

THE CHIPDROP NETWORK EXPLAINED

The ChipDrop Network helps you obtain a full load of wood chips (AKA mulch) from a tree-clearing company, find neighbors in your area who are looking for wood chips, or who have extra wood chips to share. If requesting a standard, full-load ChipDrop delivery is not for you, then you can use the ChipDrop Network to:

  • get a few wheelbarrows of wood chips from a neighbor
  • go in a on a ChipDrop with a neighbor who doesn't need a whole load
  • share your extra wood chips with some of your neighbors

With the ChipDrop Network, you don't have to worry any more about using the whole load of wood chips. Now you can get rid of your excess wood chips easily by sharing them with your neighbors.

If you want to request a full delivery, you can place a request by logging in to your account that you can set up at www.chipdrop.com. You should see a button that says 'START A NEW REQUEST'.  

Please tell others about this terrific, super-helpful service.  Also, be sure to alert those who are clearing brush that this service is available.  

Now, you no longer have to drive up and down your neighborhood looking for a brush clearing truck.  They will deliver to your home usually for free.  It saves them from driving to landfills or other drops where many times they have to pay to make a drop.  Since my two loads were free, I did tip the driver.  He was very appreciative of the entire service.

FREE PRODUCE ANYONE?

Trying to start everything from seeds can sometimes be discouraging, if you are a busy bee with minimal time.  This little trick is super for a small garden.  Here is a great idea for starting lettuce, celery and you can also use carrots, onions, green onions (scallions), beets, cabbage and many other already-grow veggies to produce another plant.

For GREEN ONIONS (SCALLIONS), cut off the last one inch of onion with roots.  Plant the cut piece in soil either in your garden or a pot.  Water every few days.  This green onion will continue to grow.  Always cut either the top or cut one inch above the soil and leave the rooted part alone.  Plant several and you won't ever have to purchase them again.

ROMAINE LETTUCE or CELERY can be regrown by cutting two inches off the bottom as shown in the picture.  Place these in saucers with a small amount of water.  Be sure to change out the water every couple of days.  Within a very short time, these will sprout more growth and can be planted in the garden or a pot with good soil.

MORE TO COME...

DIY NATURAL FUNGICIDE

An Easy DIY Natural Fungicide for Plants - The Grow Network : The Grow Network

The picture at the right is a winter squash vine covered in powdery mildew.  Ugh!  But this site has the answer for you.  

WATCH YOUR WATER

For example, did you know that you may be able to fight fungus simply by adjusting your watering schedule? Powdery mildew can spring up during exceptionally dry conditions, especially when you have hot, dry days and cool nights. If you are growing plants that are susceptible to drought stress, make sure that they are getting regular water during summer hot streaks.

DIY FUNGICIDE RECIPE

Ingredients

4 level tsp. or 1-1/3 tbsp. of baking soda
1 teaspoon of mild soap (e.g., Dawn or Ivory—should be biodegradable with no phosphates)
1 gallon of water

Directions

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and keep agitated. Then spray plants. Spray all leaves thoroughly until the solution begins to run off.  Spray the top and bottom of affected leaves and all of the small new leaves, even if they don’t appear to have the fungus yet.