Earn a Trowel for Your Garden Tips!

| 7/11/2008 10:46:09 AM

Ergonomic Trowel

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4/14/2010 9:00:12 AM

Put your used dish soap water in a small or large spray bottle. Spray the used soapdish on plants to kill insects and it is good for the plants also. You can save used coffee grinds and scatter it around the plants and water it gently around the plants and it helps the plants grow better. Have a nice day!

8/1/2008 2:15:44 PM

Easy way to store and maintain the trowel, hedge clippers or most garden tools. 1. Get a 5 gallon bucket like those sold at one of the big box stores. 2 Fill the bucket full of sand. Most any sand is okay. 3. Take that used oil from your tractor or lawn mower and pour into the bucket. 4. Push your garden tools into the oily sand and leave them stored there. The oily sand will keep then from getting rusty and the sand cleans them as you push them into the sand. You always know where they are at.

7/23/2008 7:05:55 PM

Got Slugs? If you live near any oyster rich waterways and gather oysters, save the shells...(if allowed)...and place in your flower and vegetable beds. Slugs don't like crawling over them because the outside of the shells are sharp and gnarly, unlike most shell fish like clams whose outer shells are smooth. I place a circle of them around the most slug attractive plants and they do double duty as a mulch.

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