Bed Frame Gate, Soybean Lawn Fertilizer and Other Useful Tips

Reader's share their tips for slug control, natural grass fertilizer, making it easier to use a garden sprayer and more.

| October/November 1993

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    Soybean meal is a safe alternative to chemical fertilizers for those who have pets in the backyard.
    ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF

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Frame Your Fence

Just received my issue with the cover story about wood fences, and thought I'd offer this suggestion, which worked out great for me. For an easy and pretty gate, find yourself a fancy bed frame end (people throw these away once in a while, so look around) and put two coats of paint on it. Then just put it between two 4x4's, and you've got yourself a gate. This will work for wire fence too.

—Nick Terrell
Hoopeston, Illinois  

Improve Your Glove Life

To remove pesky lids from hard-to-open jars, cut the fingers off of latex dishwashing gloves. (You can throw these fingers away.) The rest of the glove makes the perfect grabber that will effectively loosen almost any of lid.

Also, here's a good and environmentally friendly recipe I recently came across that cleans brass and copper:



1 1/4 cup baking soda
5/8 cup salt
5/8 cup flour
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup water
 

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Then apply with a cloth, scrub surface, and rinse.






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