Country Lore: Gardening Ideas to Preserve Plant Health

A reader shares a handful of gardening ideas she uses to protect and restore plants.
By Elva M. Pate
October/November 1998
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Follow our gardening ideas so you won't be providing food and shelter to this happy fellow.
ILLUSTRATION: ANDREI/FOTOLIA


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Here are a few gardening ideas that have helped me in the past.

• To prevent vegetable worms from eating your tomato and other food plants, plant some dill nearby.
• Asparagus stalks will stay firm and fresh for two weeks if the ends are wrapped in wet tissue paper.
• To heal a broken flower stem, slice a clear drinking straw down one side, place straw over the injured stem, and seal it with tape. The stem should heal in a few days and be as good as new.

Elva M. Pate
Windsor NC








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