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Garden Tool Maintenance

We all know that gardening is an example of hobbies that are able to canalize your interest and also enhance the aesthetic value of your house as well. For the people who are really in love with gardening will probably go crazy over flowers, plants and also garden tools once they meet one of these items in the markets. The feeling and excitement will probably be the same to those of fashion lovers once they saw new arrival clothes. However, one of several problems that are usually experienced by gardeners is the garden tool maintenance problem. There are several people out there complained that it is quite hard to maintain the sharpness and physical appearance of their garden tools.

 

Actually, maintaining garden tools is not as complicated as it may seem. However, you just need to be considerate, patient and not lazy. The main point in maintaining garden tools is to clean them straight away after you used them for your gardening activity. The cleaning ways may vary from one to another garden tool so you need to learn further about this matter. Fortunately, today we are going to have a brief discussion about maintaining garden tools. Do not worry, these maintenance ways are easy and simple so you can definitely do it by yourself at home.

 

Basic Garden Tools Maintenance

Best Oil for Garden Tools
Best Oil for Garden Tools

The first and most basic garden tool maintenance as it has already been mentioned above is to clean them after right away after use. By doing this simple action you will remove the dirt and clump of your garden tools. After you have done cleaning the garden tools, do not forget to wipe them clean before storing them in dry place.

Gardening
Gardening

If you meet any rust on your garden tools you need to immediately remove it, do not wait the rust to worsen. You can rub or sand them using stiff wire brushes so the rust can be scraped out. Before storing them in a dry place it will be better to coat them lightly with oil for metal tools and linseed oil for wooden tools.

 

Sharpening Garden Tools

High Quality Garden Tools
High Quality Garden Tools

Another issue in garden tools maintenance is the lost of sharpness for some tools such as hoes, shovel and also pruners. The maintenance and cleaning process of shovel and prunes is a bit different so we are going to talk about the sharpening way for shovel ad hoes first. First of all, it will be better if you put the heads of your hoes and shovels securely by fastening them in the workbench or vise. You can angle your file at forty five degree then stroke the shovelhead in a long one along the edge of the file. Remember to do it in one way only so there will only be one edge that sharp. After the sharpening process do not forget to spray the garden tools using WD-40 or oil so they will not rust.

 

Removing Rust From Garden Tools
Removing Rust From Garden Tools

On the other hand, the garden tool maintenance for pruners is a bit different. You need to disassemble the pruners then remove the blades’ sap buildup. Mineral spirits will be the best choice to do this cleaning job. Afterwards, you can sharpen the blades with similar process of sharpening shovels using whetstone. Lastly, you can spray anti-rust oil before reassembling the pruners.

Herbs For A Culinary Garden

If you are a person who has passion in cooking then it is highly suggested that you grow your own fresh culinary herbs. Seasonings are very important essence we need so our cooking will taste much more delicious. Here are several herbs for a culinary garden at home, which are very essential as seasonings in cooking, you need to add to your culinary garden.

 

Basil

herbs for a culinary garden
herbs for a culinary garden

Basil is claimed as one of the most useful and versatile culinary herbs you can plant if your garden. This culinary herb is widely used in various culinary, both Asian and Italian. Moreover, this seasoning herb is even used for cocktails as well. Basil will not only add flavor to your cooking but it will also make your garden looks beautiful. There are a lot of basil flavors you can choose; the spicy type, the minty type or sour type.

 

If you want to grow basil then you need to know the characteristic of this plant first. One of the most important characteristics you need to keep in mind is that basil loves full sun a lot, therefore it is suggested that you grow this plant during summer month. It also loves water very much so you need to plant it in fertile and well drained soil.

 

Rosemary

Herb Growing Guide
Herb Growing Guide

Even though rosemary is pretty difficult to grow, however it is categorized as one of useful herbs for a culinary garden you need to also grow at home. This herb is very perfect for adding flavor to a lot of ingredients such as vegetables, potato, beef, pork and chicken. Definitely, the hard work of growing this culinary herb will be paid off by the satisfying result for your culinary taste. In addition, not only does rosemary add the flavor of your cooking but also add the beauty of you garden as well. Usually, it has enchanting blue flowers that will make a great view to your garden. Aside from blue, you can also find rosemary with pink and white flowers.

 

Parsley

Parsley is also said as an herb you need to add to your culinary garden. It is even claimed as a good looking ornamental that is edible as well. Parsley is very useful as seasoning and also plate decoration as well. Usually, people use parsley to add lemony kick to their cooking. On the other hand, people also use it as greenish finishing touch for their soup, roasted fish or meat and also salad as well. On the contrary with basil, parsley really loves cool season so if you want to grow this type of seasoning herb then you better not plant it during summer days.

 

Oregano

Herb Garden Plants
Herb Garden Plants

Oregano is also another addition to the list of herbs for a culinary garden you need to grow as well. This seasoning herb is very famous and widely used in Italian, Mexican and Greek cuisine. Professional chefs stated that oregano has complex and earthy flavor that will make their sauces even more delicious and tasty. You can also use oregano for pasta, soup and other dishes. You do not need to worry, oregano is pretty easy to grow and able to withstand any weather so you will not get any difficulties in growing it.

 

Creating A Creative Book Display

When it comes to reading, there are not many people who will get interested especially when they see scattered books everywhere. Therefore, arranging books in a good and well organized display will psychologically attract people to get near and read one of your book collections. That is why you can see in a library and bookstores they display the books in such neat and category based displays so the people will feel more comfortable in searching what they are looking for. You can also try creating a creative book display at your own home. There are a lot of methods you can surely use to arrange your book collections. Here are some tips you can consider so you will get interesting book display.

 

BOOK DISPLAY-BOOK SHELVING-BOOK CASES - Organization Tips
BOOK DISPLAY-BOOK SHELVING-BOOK CASES – Organization Tips

Topic, Season, Month

The first idea of creative book display you can consider applying to your book collection arrangement is topic, season and month arrangement. We all know, simply arrange the books alphabetically based on their titles or author names is definitely a boring arrangement that is no longer interesting for your mini library at home. Instead, you can try arranging them based on their topic so you can also teach your children about many things this way. For example, you can categorize the books or articles contains Mother’s Day topic in May season or category. As for October category, you can gather books about monsters or Halloween season. This way you can teach your children that Mother’s Day is in May and Halloween is in October.

 

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How to Create Creative Book Displays
How to Create Creative Book Displays

This is one popular way of creating a creative book display that has been used by most bookstores and libraries you can find out there. Usually, this type of book arranging method is used for emphasizing the bookstores or library’s recommended author. If you happen to love collecting books from certain authors, this way or arranging book display will be the best option. For example, if you love the works of Agatha Christie a lot then you can create a special corner for her books and novels. In addition, if you have series collection from various authors, such as the Harry Potter Series, the Lord of the Ring, and the Twilight Saga, then you can also arrange them based on their author. Moreover, if you have the collections signed by the author, this will definitely be a great book display idea you can use.

 

In the News

Creative Library Displays
Creative Library Displays

If you also happen to collect tabloids, magazines and newspapers as well, then it will also be great f you have a special corner contains the hottest news that are happening at the moment. This type of book display is dynamic so it will be perfect for keeping daily, weekly or monthly collections. This way of creating a creative book display in your house’s mini library needs regular attention since you need to change it based on the happening news at the moment. If you are a person who always keep update and follow up news around, then this type of book display will absolutely be a great decision.

 

 

Small Home Improvements

Home improvement is not something easy that can be done by every homeowner because even if the house is small, everything should be considered and thought thoroughly from the need, design and budget. It does not matter if you have a big or small house and it is also not a matter if it is small home improvements or the big ones as long as the plan is made perfectly. If you need to be convinced about the small home improvement, there are some reasons that can be seen by you and check them out in the following.

Small Home Improvements recommending
Recommended Small Home Improvements

If you are bothered because you think the budget that you need will be that much and you are not ready for that, this is the reason why the small home improvements should be preferred by you because they are definitely cheaper than the big ones. A new extension will also not need to be built because your room can be redecorated and repurposed so that everything can be made more affordable. Your money can also be spent on the furniture only so it means your money will not be spent for a new conservatory or extension that will be more expensive.

Projects of Small Home Improvements
Small Home Improvements project

The next reason why small home improvements are recommended to you and why not the big ones is because a big visual improvement will not only be made by big changes but the small changes can also result the nice and more beautiful things. When improving a house, your mind must be filled with the good imagination of the result and the new extension is often considered because the wow result will be obtained, but it should be kept in your mind that this is expensive and difficult to be afforded. The color of the walls can be started with to be changed because the outcome will usually be as expected by you.

Having Small Home Improvements
Doing Small Home Improvements

There is still another reason why small home improvements are suggested to you and it is because the changes of needing bigger improvements will also be reduced by the small improvements projects. It is just like when if wood framed windows are owned by you, they will gradually rot away unless the regular steps are taken by you so the wood can be preserved and protected. It is because the painted frames will be needed to be checked, about the condition and they must also be maintained every year.

Small Home Improvements Reviewing
Small Home Improvements review

Therefore, before starting the home improvement project, the treatment in the future and the condition of your home later should also be thought. It does not need to be expensive when it comes to the home improving because the cheaper will also be more satisfying. You know now that a significant sum of money will not need to be spent so that the result you want can be got and you will also see that even the cheaper one can give you perfection and satisfaction.

Small Home Improvements Info
Small Home Improvements Information

Do not underestimate small home improvements because the projects will even surprise you with the amazing possibilities. So, are you ready to improve your home without spending much money? Of course this is the one preferred by many people because the money can be saved for another thing.

Types of Small Home Improvements
Small Home Improvements Types

Herb Gardens in Pots

If you want to plant useful and helpful herbs in your house but you do not have spacious place or garden to begin with, do not worry because herb gardens in pots can be the best alternative you can take. By planting the herbs you want to plant in containers or pots you will definitely be able to save more space and do not need to get stressed over this matter. Absolutely, this is the most effective, practical and inexpensive way out of your current problem.

 

The Best Herbs to Grow in Pots

There are several types of herbal plants you can get for your herb garden in pots project. The first example you can take into more serious consideration is culinary herbs. This category of herbs is very perfect in case you want to have potted herb gardens, be it indoor or outdoor. By planting culinary herbs you will not only be able to get greater air circulation system but also reduce the cost of cooking jobs as well. You can opt for basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme since these types of culinary herbs cannot grow more than ten inches height.

 

Clay Pot Herb Garden
Clay Pot Herb Garden

Aside from culinary herbs you may also opt for aromatic or medicinal herb gardens in pots as well. If you want to get a soothing and relaxing mood to your house then you better consider planting aromatic herbs in containers inside your house. You can opt for lavender, peppermint or woodruff that will be perfect aromatic herbs choice.

Container Herb Garden
Container Herb Garden

On the other hand, if you want to have herbs that can give you herbal cure features then you should consider medicinal herbs. Chamomile and Echinacea are two great examples of medicinal herbs you can grow in pots or containers. However, these two types of herbs are probably bigger compared to the previously mentioned culinary herbs so you definitely need bigger containers or pots.

 

Types of Pots or Containers

Planting Herb Garden Pots
Planting Herb Garden Pots

There are various types of containers or pots you can use to plant your herb gardens in. as the first suggestion, terra cotta flower pot is definitely one of the best option you can get. There is a wide range selection of terra cotta pots in various sizes, colors and models as well so you will definitely be able to choose your favorite pots that can suit your taste the most. One of the main advantages of this container type is that your herbs will be able to breather since the pots are typically porous. However, this advantage also becomes its weakness since it means that the soil can get dry out faster hence you need to water it more frequently.

 

Window Herb Garden Pots
Window Herb Garden Pots

Another type of container that is also usually used in herb gardens in pots project is plastic pots. On the contrary to terra cotta containers, plastic containers are able to hold moisture condition longer so you do not need to water it that often. In addition, this type of container is also said to be very practical as well because you can move it around freely since it is lightweight.

Trash Can Compost Bin

Compost is definitely a useful element when you want to make your garden healthier and also more fertile. Even though there is a lot of bagged compost with various trademarks you can easily find in a garden care store out there but it will be much economic effective if you make it on your own. You can even make a simple trash can compost bin at home so you can get your own fertile and cheap cost as well. You do not need much budget for this project so you do not need to worry.

Trash Can Compost Bin
Trash Can Compost Bin

We all know that compost contains a lot of valuable minerals and elements that can be very useful in helping our gardening hobby. It contains phosphate, potassium and also nitrogen that is significant for soil’s fertilizer. Making compost is also very simple and cheap, you just need household ingredients to make it. Lawn clipping, newspaper, vegetables peeling and many other plant based things can be the greatest sources you can use to make compost. However, it is suggested you make sure that you do not include several forbidden ingredients, including dairy products, meat and fish scalps.

How to Compost With a Plastic Trash Can
How to Compost With a Plastic Trash Can

How Does Compost Bin Work?

Before making your own trash can compost bin at home, you need to understand first about the mechanism on how a compost bin works. There are several broken down stages will happen as the compost making process. You need to know that the basic concept of the compost bin is like a cooker, a slow one. it will use natural helpers such as nitrogen and bacteria to help you process the ingredients so they can be a bunch of fertile crumbled soils with rich elements and minerals.

The stages are basically named after each bacterium that specializes in every stage itself. The first stage is called mesophilic, a stage where the bacteria will start heating the compost bin so it will be ready to break down the ingrediens. The second stage is called thermophilic, a stage where the breaking down process is actually started. The next stage is called psychophilic, a stage where the heat cools down and makes the bacteria come again to finish the composting work. The last stage is curing stage that is the most important stage where the harmful bacteria and substances will be killed off.

How to Make a Compost Bin from a Trash
How to Make a Compost Bin from a Trash

Making a Compost Bin At Home

Making homemade trash can compost bin is actually not complicated, as it has already been said earlier. You can use either metal or plastic trash can that has locking lid as your future compost bin. First of all, you need to drill holes in your trash can’s lid, bottom part and sides as well. This is important to drain the moisture during the composting process. After you have drilled the holes it means that your compost bin is ready and you can use it immediately. Remember to put the compost bin in your garden that has sufficient access to sun, but not too strong. Afterwards, you can start adding the ingredients into the compost bin then wait for the whole process to be done.

Corn Gluten Weed Killer

There have already been a lot of researches that prove the fact about corn gluten weed killer is indeed true. Corn gluten is used to eliminate weeds problem without any side effects that can possibly cause you another problem. How does actually corn gluten work as weed killer? When is the best time to spread corn gluten? And what is the application method you should use to spread the corn gluten? If you are curious to know the answers to all those questions then I suggest you to read this post further.

Garden Safe Weed Killer
Garden Safe Weed Killer

Benefits

Corn gluten is said to have potential properties to prevent the growth of nuisance weeds in your garden. According to the research of Dr. Nick Christians in Iowa, even the cheapest type of corn gluten can be the best remedy to eliminate fungus problems. Furthermore, during the research time he had at the time he also found that corn gluten gave counter reaction to weeds germination process as well. From the experiments he did at the time he can see that corn gluten gave bad effect to the germination process of weeds. It makes the weeds to be unable to grow roots so even though they grew they will not be able to survive. Under this revelation, people began using corn gluten as the best weed killer.

Corn Gluten Meal Fertilizer and Weed Killer
Corn Gluten Meal Fertilizer and Weed Killer

Effect

Actually, how does corn gluten weed killer work? The killing effect is actually caused by the protein contained by the corn gluten. Once you spread the corn gluten powder onto the soil, there will be chemical barrier created by the protein. This is the exact reason why the weeds will not be able to grow roots. In addition, they will not be able to obtain enough water so they will rapidly die. Even though this method is said to have a ten percent unsuccessful possibility but according to testimonials it is said that the success rate of this remedy is between sixty to ninety percent.

Is There an Organic Weed Killer for Your Lawn
Is There an Organic Weed Killer for Your Lawn

Application Method

Similar to any other herbicide or pesticide you usually meet out there, the application method is quite simple and easy. You just need to simply spread the corn gluten especially when you have corn gluten in powder form. As an alternative, you can also mix the pellets or powder with water first so the soil can absorb it more quickly. The second method is definitely better but if you want simpler and quicker method then you can use the first simple technique.

Corn Gluten as a Weed Killer
Corn Gluten as a Weed Killer

Application Time

According to the professionals of corn gluten weed killer matter, the best time to apply corn gluten is depending to the soil temperature of each are. Generally, the suggested time is between April and May, or 3 weeks before the weeds sprout. It will be better for you to let the corn gluten effects deteriorate for about 5 weeks. During this waiting period you can see the condition of the weeds growth whether it is decreased or stay the same. If you have positive result then you can reapply the whole process again to keep the garden away from weeds.

The Way to Make Better Homes and Garden Decorating

Better homes and garden decorating – Have you ever imagined to create a garden near the house? Park homes can indeed be an important factor to maintain the beauty of your home, because home is actually touched the plant will be memorable barren and hot. Park House is a special area for growing a variety of crops. Starting from the tree, you can plant a flower or plant that has many benefits. The park is like a small forest which has many benefits. In addition to making the home look more beautiful and lovely, a variety of plants in your home garden will create more oxygen supply to cool the house.

Better Homes and Gardens Furniture and Decor
Better Homes and Gardens Furniture and Decor

You are interested to decorate your house with a garden? There are some easy tips for you to make a home garden fresh and beautiful. You can choose decorative flowers are easy to grow and bloom in you. If your home is located in a cold area, you can maintain the roses. Choose a different color rose garden looks so bright and colorful. When you live in a place that is not too cold, you can maintain other flowers. For example frangipani or chrysanthemum color is very attractive to decorate your dream home park.

Home and Garden
Home and Garden

Create your garden become cooler because it can be circumvented by planting at least one tree in the garden of the home of your dreams. Choose a tree canopy so that sunlight will not shine directly ornamental plants in better homes and garden decorating. Then adjust the layout of ornamental plants in the garden house of your dreams. For example, plants are grouped by type; white roses with white roses planted another row, while the red ones are planted side by side with the red. In addition, the park must have a limit and do not give up a little area for you to walk. So for example, from the door of the house to the road to the gate, the garden can be made in the right and left side of the road.
To look beautiful and natural, you need to plant ornamental grasses in the garden soil. In addition to ornamental grasses, you can also add some decorative pebbles or gravel to cover the bare ground. It is also very function for water absorption, so the remaining water and rain water watering the flowers will not be inundated, as if waterlogged soil in the garden will make you become muddy and dirty impressed. To make the park an ideal home, you also have to keep taking care of plants and cleanliness of the park. You need to water your plants regularly and remove the offending weeds.

Inspired Spring Decor
Inspired Spring Decor

As a complement to the beauty, you can add some decorations to a beautiful garden. To make it look more natural, you can also design your dream home park by adding a mini waterfall. These are some tips to make the dream of a beautiful home gardens and beautiful. Create a garden to beautify your home and make your home healthier that will actually help and be useful to get better homes and garden decorating.

Garden Pest Control Methods

Gardening can really be a hobby that gives you a lot of advantages. You can get various organic fruits and vegetables that will be safe to consume and you can also get your soul calmed and refreshed by gardening. However, it can also be frustrating as well when it comes to pest troubles. Once pest found out that you have fresh garden to attack they will definitely haunt you down. Indeed, you will not let this kind of suffering happens to you, right? Hence, you need to brace yourself with various garden pest control methods so you will not turn your calming and refreshing gardening activity into a frustrating activity instead.

 

Pest is actually not only involve around one species of animal only but also various species. In one place, the commonest pest that usually disturbs their gardens is mice and rats. On the other side, another village or area may have more serious problem with cockroaches attack.

Garden Pest Control - Controlling Insect and Disease Problems
Garden Pest Control – Controlling Insect and Disease Problems

Nuisance bird is also another type of pest that can really get the nerve of gardeners and farmers. Since the cause of this problem is various then the method to get rid of them will be different from one to another. In order to get the best result to solve your problem, we have prepared several methods to get rid garden pest such as nuisance birds, cockroaches, mice and rats.

 

Nuisance Bird

Natural Pest Control Methods - The Tasteful Garden
Natural Pest Control Methods – The Tasteful Garden

In order to get rid of nuisance bird, there are several garden pest control methods you can possibly take. You can do various techniques to get rid of them, such as shooting, trapping and poisoning. It may sound cruel but you will never know how annoying they are until you experience their disturbance by yourself. As an alternative to the previous methods, you can also consider purchasing an electronic device that can scare the nuisance birds so they will not get near your garden. This type of device usually produces distress sound that will be an annoying sound to the birds so they will not be able to stand in your garden area.

 

Cockroach

Organic Pest Control
Organic Pest Control

Another type of pest that is so annoying and troublesome is cockroach. Even though cockroach is smaller than nuisance bird but it is said to be more harmful since it can bring human diseases. Gastroenteritis and dysentery are two common household diseases that are usually brought by cockroaches. Usually, cockroach will operate to look for foods when the day ends and it gets dark. Therefore, you better seal your food perfectly so they cannot reach or touch your foods. To protect your garden from their attack, you can use several chemical baits such as boric acid powder, fipronil and also hydramethylnon so they can be killed.

 

Mice and Rats

Pest Control Methods - Free Articles Directory
Pest Control Methods – Free Articles Directory

Mice and rats are two types of pest that are super annoying, the most brutal amongst all. They will definitely leave your garden in disaster. Therefore, you definitely have to use the best garden pest control methods to get rid of them. You can opt for traps or poison to eliminate them all. However, this category of pest is known to be very slick and smart so you probably need to consider calling a professional rodent controller this time.

Organic Garden Pesticides

Pest is indeed the number one issue that usually annoys those who love gardening a lot. Actually, there are already a lot of ways to solve this kind of problem. A lot of manufacturers have been competing in providing pesticides that can help the gardeners get rid of the pests in their garden. However, people nowadays have been very environment and health conscious, hence they have also been very picky in choosing pesticides for their garden. Chemical pesticides can possibly harm the plants or vegetables as well so it can possibly harm the consumers. Under this concern, one way out we can have is to choose organic garden pesticides as the best decision.

Organic Garden Pesticides
Organic Garden Pesticides

Why is it called organic pesticide? We all know that chemical pesticides are man made and derived from chemical substances that are usually very strong and harmful. On the contrary, the main ingredients of organic pesticides are not man made. Living organisms and other organic ingredients are the main ingredients that derived organic pesticides. Farmers and gardeners usually use organic pesticides over chemical pesticides since they are safer and healthier, especially when you have vegetables or fruits garden that is meant for consumption needs. Here are several names of organic garden pesticide that are commonly used by a lot of people. Do not worry, these types of organic garden pesticides are proven to be safe, harmless and healthy.

Organic Garden Pest Control
Organic Garden Pest Control

Neem

Neem is said to be the oldest organic garden pesticide that has been very well known for years already. This organic pesticide is derived from neem tree’s extract that is claimed to be very rich of salannin and azadirachtin. What is neem tree? Neem tree is actually a tree from native Indian era that is said to have high fungicidal efficiency. For more than four thousand years, neem extract has been used as one of the most potential organic pesticides that can effectively control the growth of various pests in our gardens. You can use neem to eliminate gypsy moth, mealy bug, looper, leaves miner, and also whiteflies as well. These days, you can find a lot of manufacturers that provide this organic garden pesticide under various trademarks so it will not be a difficult task to get one.

Organic Pest Control and Pesticide
Organic Pest Control and Pesticide

Sabadilla

Another name of organic pesticide you can also take into your option list is sabadilla. Sabadilla lily seeds that are said to be rich in veratrine will be extracted to make this kind of pesticide. With low level of toxicity, sabadilla can effectively be potent insecticide that can secure your garden. Various insects such as stink bug, squash bug, thrip, caterpillar and also leaves hopper will be able to be eliminated by sabadilla.

Organic Pesticides for Gardens
Organic Pesticides for Gardens

Pyrethrum

Aside from the names of organic garden pesticides above, you can also consider pyrethrum. This is also said to be a common organic pesticide that has been widely used by a lot of people out there. Made from chrysanthemum extract, pyrethrum is said to be another effective and safe insecticide. You can simply purchase a trademark of pyrethrum then use it to protect the plantations in your garden.

Natural Pesticides For Gardens

There are a lot of natural pesticides for gardens you can even make at home. We all know that chemical or synthetic pesticides nowadays are definitely not a wise choice for our garden, especially when it contains vegetables or fruits for consumption purpose. Therefore, opting for natural and organic pesticides will be the best decision you can do to safe a lot of people around you and your environment as well. In this passage, you can read several names of natural pesticides that will be easy to make at home. These solutions are not only easy but affordable as well so you will get multiple advantages.

 

Bulb Vegetables

natural pesticides for gardens
natural pesticides for gardens

Bulb vegetables are said to be a simple and cheap yet effective pests repellent you can find out there. What is a bulb vegetable then? Onion and garlic is two vegetables that are categorized as bulb vegetables. It is highly believed that the extract of these bulb vegetables is potential at repelling flying insects and killing pests with soft body. In order to make the extract you can take a big piece of onion and a garlic clove. Crush them together then mix them with a bottle of water. You can put the mixture in a spray bottle so it will be easier for you to use it later on. You can spray it directly onto your plants or you can also spray it onto the soils of your plants.

 

Herbal Tea

Natural Pesticides for Vegetable Gardens
Natural Pesticides for Vegetable Gardens

Another option of natural pesticides for gardens you can also use is herbal tea. It is not merely herbal tea that is usually consumed by a lot of people but it is the strong one. For example, you can use either mint or sage tea, or both of them to make this kind of repellent. If you think that the previous mixture of onion and garlic causes you unpleasant smell then you do not need to worry that you will experience the same situation. Repellent made from herbal tea totally smells more pleasant and also easy to make. Similar to the bulb vegetables mixture, you need to simply spread the herbal tea to your plants. In addition, you can also plant the herbs around your garden so you will get better effect.

 

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are also perfect to help you make your own natural pesticides at home. According to the research, insects and cats hate citrus fruits so they will immediately stay away once they can smell the existence of this fruit category. This is simpler than the previous solutions since you just need to place the citrus zest or peels around your plants. In addition, you do not need to also change it as often as herbal tea or bulb vegetables spray.

 

Eggshell

Natural Pesticides Alternatives for Home and Garden Pest Control
Natural Pesticides Alternatives for Home and Garden Pest Control

Eggshell is probably the strangest one among all natural pesticides for gardens that have been mentioned above. However, if you want to get rid of slug problem then you can use this method. you just have to smash the eggshells then mix them with the soil in your garden. Eggshell is said to be as sharp as glass so it will be very effective to make the slugs go away.

 

Know the Soils of Your Garden

Gardening is indeed one of many hobbies out there that can give you a lot of advantages. Not only it does help you spend your leisure time positively but it also helps you calm your soul and refresh your mind. However, in order to do the gardening activities well you will require several things and tools. One of those things is garden, of course. Garden is the most important place you need to prepare first before undergoing any types of gardening activities. Moreover, you need to also know the soils of your garden first since this will be a great determination of your future gardening activities.

 

Why is it so important to know the soils type of our garden? We all already know that the soils will be the most important place for the plantations to grow up. Therefore, you need to make sure whether or not the soils are good enough and healthy enough for them to grow up. There are various names of soil types that have different level of fertility and also different characteristics as well. In this article you will get to know each of them better and also learn how to determine the soil type of your garden.

 

Types of Soils

Essential Gardening and Soil Books - Burg Jägerhof, and Medieval
Essential Gardening and Soil Books – Burg Jägerhof, and Medieval

Before you learn the tips on how to know the soils of your garden you need to know each soil type first. There are actually several common names of soil types you can meet out there.

Macaulay Soils - Soils The Science - MacaulaySoils
Macaulay Soils – Soils The Science – MacaulaySoils

They are sand, silt, clay and loam. Sand is said to be a soil type that is particles combination of various disintegrated rocks. Therefore, it is loose and coarse so it is no wondering that sand is categorized as a soil type that has the biggest particle size. This type of soil is said to unable to hold nutrients well so it is not suitable for gardening.

 

Types Of Garden Soils - Essortment Articles
Types Of Garden Soils – Essortment Articles

Aside from sand, you can also meet silt, clay and loam. Compared to sand, silt has better mineral particles therefore it will be better than sand. However, it can be very compacted like flour when it is wet so it will not be a good condition for gardening. The same also goes to clay that is said to have the tiniest particles. Clay is also not a good choice for gardening since it cannot let air and water to cultivate well. on the other hand, loam is said to be the best choice of soil you can use for gardening. As a combination of clay, silt and sand, loam is able to fulfill the requirements needed for gardening.

 

Determine the Soil Type

Your Garden Soil and You - Gardening Growing garden seeds, plants
Your Garden Soil and You – Gardening Growing garden seeds, plants

There are actually various ways to know the soils of your garden you can possibly take. First of all, you need water softening powder, water jar with lid, and water. You can mix water and water softening powder in the jar then shake it so they can mix well. get a grab of soil from your garden and put it in the jar then shake it again. Sand is the heaviest type so it will stay in the bottom of the jar, the second is silt then followed by clay. Loam is combination of these three so you just need to see what type of soil that dominates the soil type by checking the thickness of each soil layer.