Don’t dump sour milk down the drain. Instead, spray it on outdoor plants like tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and peppers to help defend against specific viruses and powdery mildew disease. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Instead of spraying anything on your garden plants, get out the hand vacuum and get to work. This is especially effective for large insects like potato beetles and Mexican bean beetles. Better yet, try picking them off by hand. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed,… Continue Reading
Water your garden in the early morning or late evening, when temperatures are lower and the water will have a chance to soak into the ground and be absorbed by plant roots before it evaporates. And skip watering the lawn all together! To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the… Continue Reading
Putting human or pet hair around trees and gardens not only adds nitrogen and trace minerals to the soil, it can also deter deer and other wildlife that may want to feed on your shrubs and plants. Try stuffing the toe end of old nylons with dog hair and hang it from the fence or… Continue Reading
Gorham Middle School students spent May 3rd and part of May 4th outside collecting data and treating the plots. Students came up with a variety of ways to try and eradicate the knotweed. Methods for treating plots include: covering with tarps, digging knotweed out, spraying with a mixture of vinegar and soap, also trying a… Continue Reading
Set out containers on your door stoop, deck, balcony, porch, or windowsill to grow fresh veggies and herbs. Fill the container with potting soil, buy seeds or seedlings, and you’re ready to grow! A clementine box makes a great herb garden almost anyplace that gets 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. A… Continue Reading
Research companion planting for an easy way to avoid pesticides in the garden. Potato beetles avoid dill, and tomato hornworms dislike marigolds. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Invest in a rain barrel with an attached hose designed to catch rain water you can then provide to your garden. You can also set smaller containers under the eaves or rainspouts around your house to collect water to quench the thirst of your indoor plants and patio flowers. To view more tips, click here…. Continue Reading
When choosing plants for your yard, include perennials that offer food for wildlife. Birds and small mammals benefit from fruit- and nut-bearing shrubs without doing the plants any harm. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.