GARDEN TIPS FROM ORGANIC GARDENING MAGAZINE READERS
Used coffee grounds make excellent earthworm food. Earthworms will multiply rapidly by adding coffee grounds to a compost heap. ~ Phillip Smith, New York
Cabbage butterfies are repelled by tomatoes, rosemary, sage, and peppermint. Plant any of these along side your cabbage plants. ~ L.F. Easterbrook
Nasturtiums among fruit trees will reduce destructions by aphids. ~ L.F. Easterbrook
(Note from Me: Nasturtiums also work well in the garden next to squash plants to keep aphids at bay.)
To control insects: Mix powdered garlic and black pepper in equal parts in a pint of hot water. Let it sit till it cools by about half, then strain through a dairy straining pad or something similiar. It sprays easily from a had sprayer and really stops the bugs. ~ Martin Stansbury, Illinois
FLOWER GARDEN NEWS
This morning was so nice, 65 degrees, that I went out and worked in my flower garden. The flower garden is in front of the house; it is a work in progress. I’m a bit disappointed; all my tulips have not come up yet and I am concerned that a mole ate the bulbs. I was reading in a issue of Organic Gardening about baring your soil. The article recommended raking away your mulch to allow the soil to warm up in the spring; giving the plants and bulbs the needed warmth and sun to emerge out of the ground. The article did suggest keeping your mulch or ground-up leaves so you could put it back later when the summer sun heats up.
I took this advice and raked the largest dead leaves away uncovering the ground-up (mulched) leaves I placed their last fall. This leaf mulch was about 2″ thick so I raked away enough leaving just a thin layer. I’m hoping that this will allow the tulips that haven’t emerged encourgement to do so.
I did find a new growth in the other flower bed. Did I mention there are two in the front? Anyway, it looks like a bulb growing but don’t ask me what it is I have forgotten I even planted anything there. I do have some hycintha bulbs I need to get in the ground, it’s a bit late so I may just wait till fall to plant them.
I bought two new plants for the flower garden; ‘Hawaii Blue’ Ageratum and ‘Silverdust’ Dusty Miller. I’m going to wait till Monday or Tues. to plant them. Monday starts a few days of above ground planting.