Repel Mosquitoes Naturally By Burning Coffee Grounds

All you need is one simple ingredient… coffee grounds.

Chances are, you probably already have some coffee grounds sitting in your kitchen cabinet right? Well, put them to good use by making this incredible mosquito repellent. Soon your home will become a mosquito free paradise.

Below you will find a video tutorial on how to this method to keep mosquitos away. This technique is also effective in repelling other insects such as wasps, flies, and midges.

Watch the full video tutorial below:

7 Ways to Improve your Garden Soil Naturally

Instead of using commercial fertilizers and plant food, why not use some scraps from your kitchen that would otherwise end up in the trash or compost bin to amend and improve your garden soil naturally? Inexpensive and easy, these are my favorite ways to get my garden ready for spring planting.

The better your soil and the more suited for planting, the more bountiful harvest and more lush blooms you will get. So making sure your garden soil includes the proper nutrients is critical to having a successful garden. Of course, all these things can be added to your compost pile, but since they each possess some really great nutrients for specific situations, why not spot apply them to your garden where they are most needed.

Here are my favorite natural (and free!) ways to improve your garden soil makeup.

Banana Peels
Banana peels are extremely high in potassium and also contain sulfur and phosphorus. Chopping up some peels and putting them around the base of your vegetable plants will help with root development, to increase the flower blooms on your plants, and therefore your fruit yield.
Chicken Feathers
Chicken feathers are very nitrogen-rich. Collecting some feathers from around your coop and run (think during the molt season!) and adding them to your soil will provide the nitrogen necessary for nice green leaves and provides food for your plants. The leafy greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli and others are especially appreciate of high nitrogen levels in the soil.
Coffee Grounds
Don’t toss those coffee grounds! They contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, making them an excellent general fertilizer for your plants when you sprinkle them around the base of your plants or work them into the soil prior to planting.

Eggshells
Save your eggshells too. If you normally feed them to your chickens for the supplemental calcium they need to make strong shells on the eggs they lay, save some to use on your garden. Not only will adding some crushed eggshells to the hole when you plant tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables that require high calcium levels help to prevent blossom end rot, sprinkling some around the stems of your plants deters slugs.

Epsom Salts
Epsom salts are extremely high in magnesium which helps seed germination and the absorption of other nutrients. Mixing some Epsom salts into your garden soil will help your seeds sprout. Diluting the Epsom salts with water and spraying the mix onto plant leaves should result in greener leaves, bushier plants, and more flowers.

Lobster or Shrimp Shells
Tossing your discarded shellfish shells in the garden not only adds nitrogen and phosphorus, they will make your acidic soil slightly more alkaline, which is more conducive to growing vegetables.
Wood Ash
If you have a wood stove or fire pit, saving the ashes and scattering them on your garden will help to neutralize acidic soil and also add calcium to your soil. Depending on the types of wood burned, wood ash also can contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus which are all beneficial to a garden.
So next time you’re on your way to the trash bin or compost pile, think instead of what you’re tossing out might work better to help feed your garden.

VINEGAR IS GARDENER’S BESTFRIEND?

You need to stop using chemical pesticides and plant foods if you want to keep an organic garden and start using vinegar instead.  It is a natural way to destroy weeds, and support the life of your fruits, vegetables, and plants. These are 10 ways to use apple cider and white vinegar in your garden: …

You need to stop using chemical pesticides and plant foods if you want to keep an organic garden and start using vinegar instead.  It is a natural way to destroy weeds, and support the life of your fruits, vegetables, and plants.

These are 10 ways to use apple cider and white vinegar in your garden:

Get Rid of Weeds

Pour some apple cider vinegar onto the unwanted garden growth to destroy them, but keep the soil healthy.

Keep Flowers Fresh

Add a teaspoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a quart of water prior to adding the flowers to keep the freshly cut flowers fresh.

Remove  Slugs and Snails

Spray the flowers with some undiluted vinegar to destroy slugs and snails and keep them at bay.

Food for Acidic Loving Plants

Some plants like holly, begonias, gardenias, azaleas, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas, grow better in acidic soil, so you should add a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water and spray them.

To remove the debris and soothe the itchiness after working in the garden, you can wash the hands with some distilled vinegar.

Kill Ants

Mix vinegar with water in ratio 1:1 and pray the ant hills with the solution to destroy them.

Wash the Garden Tools

Soak the garden tools in vinegar overnight to eliminate the rust and grime, and rinse off with water. You can also tie a plastic bag with vinegar over a water spigot to keep it submerged.

Keep Cats Away

Pour some distilled vinegar into the sand and soil to keep cats away from the places in the garden they use as a toilet.

Keep Rabbits at Bay

If rabbits are common guests in your garden, in order to keep them away, you should soak cotton balls in distilled vinegar and place them in a 35mm film container, poke several holes on its top, and keep it in the garden.

Clean Out the Birdbath

Scrub the birdbath with a mixture of undiluted water and white vinegar, and wash off with water.

Spring Clean-up

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Now spring is here, many people will be looking to cleanse their home with a nice spring clean. However, why just stick to cleaning inside the home? Over the last few months, your garden will have faced some horrendous weather and it may be looking a little worse for wear, which is why it may also need a little TLC and a spring clean.

Your grass will have taken the brunt of the weather so you may want to consider installing artificial grass, but it won’t just be the grass you will need to check the condition of, you should also give any flowers and trees a once-over, too. If you’re not sure where to start these tips should help you with your garden spring clean.

Have a Clear Up

In the last few months, we have seen high winds, snow, rain and not a lot of sun. Because of the wind, you may find that rubbish and other debris has been blown into your garden. So the first thing you will need to do is to remove this. It won’t take long and when all the twigs, leaves and other rubbish is gone you will be able to see the garden more clearly, enabling you to decide what needs doing.

Installing Artificial Grass

With the various weather changes, there will be nothing in your garden worse hit than the grass. It will have taken the full brunt of the cold weather and with that, it may not be looking its best. Of course, you can fix this and let it grow but you will be back in the same position this time next year.

To avoid this never-ending cycle, you may want to consider investing in artificial grass. It’s low maintenance, pet and child-friendly and when winter comes and goes, your grass will still be a lusciously green colour.

Replant Flowers and Trees4

However, it’s not just the grass that will have been affected of the last few months. Your plants and trees may also be looking a little sad. You can try to recover them but they may need replanting in a different area of the garden, especially if they aren’t getting enough light.

If they look too bad and beyond repair, it might be best to plant some new flowers and trees. Of course, it will take time for them to grow, but it will be worth it in the end and, alongside your new grass, they will look stunning.

Recoat Any Garden Furniture

This will apply to anyone that didn’t place any garden furniture in storage during the winter. As we all know, the elements can be cruel and any furniture left outside will bear the marks from the bitter cold. It could be some rust on the BBQ or peeling paint on any wooden furniture, either way, these are both things that can be fixed, that is if it’s not too bad.

You can re-paint any of the furniture and treat any rust on your BBQ so that it’s all ready for the coming summer months. But you must remember that if you’ve invested in artificial grass, the BBQ cannot sit on top of it as it will damage the grass.

Now you know exactly what to do, all that’s left is to go and spring clean your garden. Remember your garden is open to the elements so don’t be too surprised if there’s damage. Try and avoid being in the same position next year by opting for artificial grass and covering any garden furniture and plants. Don’t waste your springtime cleaning next year, spend it enjoying your garden.

7 Artificial Grass Small Gardening Ideas

1. Grass sets the stage
The lush green color and fluffy texture of faux grass are an ideal foundation and contrast for whatever additional colors and textures you plan for your space. Make it the traditional centerpiece – with borders of plants all around the perimeter. Or plant your fake grass off to one side or in a corner to create the feeling of a separate room. Remember, your grass can be any size or shape you want.

2. Use color to add dimension
You know that, in general, it’s best to put tall plants in back, smaller ones in front. But if the plants in front are a bright color or a bold contrast to their background, that creates an impression of greater depth.

3. Create “destinations”
We talk about using hardscapes and plantings to create rooms within your yard. You can still do this even if your garden is small – a cozy reading nook with a comfy chair and side table, dining space for two with table and chairs on the grass, etc.

4. Go vertical
Choosing columnar evergreens, tall grasses, or other plants with a narrow upright habit helps in two ways. Their height draws the eye upward, which makes your small garden appear larger. And their small “footprint” leaves more ground space for your artificial grass, a compact fire pit, or a small seating area.

Espaliered shrubs or small trees and vines on trellises provide an entirely different type of vertical look along fences or walls. You can make vertical planters to hang or mount on walls, out of virtually anything. If you have a sturdy support overhead such as a pergola, suspend a series of colorful flowering baskets at different heights.

5. Raised beds also draw the eye upward
Use rock, brick, wood, or stone to build a raised area in your garden. It can elevate your lawn area, a patio or deck, or create raised beds for plantings adjacent to your grass. Make the edges of your raised beds wide enough to double as bench seating. Add a touch of whimsy by covering those seating surfaces with faux grass.

6. Green up walkable spaces
Instead of a paved walkway, use flagstones or individual pavers surrounded with faux grass to create a seamless transition from your driveway to the front door. Or to create an equally seamless walkway-to-patio in the back. The effect is visually interesting yet uncluttered – perfect for smaller spaces.

7. Embrace smallness
You don’t have to fight your garden’s small size by trying to make it look larger, you can create a calming, minimalist space instead. Let your artificial grass lay the groundwork. Then use just a few plants, in just one or two colors. The soothing rustle of ornamental grasses would be nice. Group them in one area as a focal point, or place them in pots along a path that leads to a small raised deck or patio.

Small gardens can be beautiful and bountiful or the essence of simplicity and serenity. It’s all a matter of scale.

Top Nine Garden Care Tips from the Experts

Are you looking for a way to improve your outdoor garden and bring it up a level? How about
nine different ways? Then you’ve come to the right place.
· Your garden is only one part of your yard. To make your garden really stand out, make
sure your lawn is nicely mowed and landscaped. Or better yet you had synthetic grass installed and that you have the right outdoor
accessories to match your garden theme. Consider matching the various flowers to the
outdoor furniture patterns.
· Plants and flowers are as sensitive to smoke as humans so if you are a smoking
household, try to plant your garden away from your outdoor tobacco area.
· Plants need a rich moisture soil to survive and thrive. The soil should be able to retain
moisture but also not too wet. You need to find that happy sponge-like medium when it
comes to soil.
· If your soil is not performing the way you want it to, use manure or compost to even it
out.
· There are plenty of at-home remedies that act as excellent fertilizer for your garden. This
includes tea leaves, coffee grounds and banana peels. Instead of throwing these
materials into the garbage, head outside and sprinkle them in your garden.
· The easiest plants to grow and maintain are annuals. For beginning gardeners, start out
with annuals which can survive on about two watering days a week.
· All plants are different and have different growing environments. Make sure you always
read the label and follow the instructions when it comes to plant care and growth. It’s
important to provide the right watering and climate conditions for the various types of
plants. Plants, like people, can be very very picky.
· Your garden is only as good as the tools you possess; make sure you have the right
gardening tools for the jobs and take good care of them by washing them after each use.
Leaving dirt on your gardening tools can cause them to rust and need replacement much
faster.
· Finally, be aware of the dangers that come with gardening. Kids trampling, insects and
pests, harsh weather conditions and playful pets can all affect the growth of your garden.
Teach your kids that the garden is off limit for tag; train your dog and cat to do their
business elsewhere; and be aware of the various pests and insects that can harm your
plants

Taking your Annuals Home

When you get your annuals home, it is time to plant them. Many people will plant their annuals
in potted gardens or in garden beds. A variety of annuals in a potted plant can really brighten up
your outdoor area. If you are planting you annuals in a garden bed, it’s best to add space
between each one.
Make a daily routine of checking on your annuals and watering them three times a week or
every day during those extra hot months. Add fertilizer to the water mixture two to four times a
month. It’s important to keep your annuals well watered throughout the summer and place them
in their best growing conditions. Some are made for the shade; some are made for the sun.
The End of the Season
All good things must come to an end and this is the case for annuals. Annuals are only meant to
last for one season so once they have blossomed and are starting to look a little worse for wear,
it’s time to take them to the compost. The good thing about annuals are, next year, you can start
the process all over again and choose a whole new set of beautiful flowers to highlight your
yard

So How Do You Know What Type of Garden are you Destined to Have?

Looking for the right garden to plant in your backyard but not sure about which type of garden
will suit your green thumb? Answer the multiple choice questions below to reveal your
gardening personality and which garden is right for you.
What are you looking for out of your garden?
· A few nice flowers placed around the front or back yard to brighten up afternoon
barbeques and family dinner parties outside
· An outdoor oasis
· A source of nutritional and delicious treats
· Something green and pretty
How Much Time can you dedicate to Your Garden?
· An hour or so a week, spring and summer, but mostly summer.
· As much as necessary. I’m in it for the long haul.
· A few hours a week.
· Maybe 5 minutes a week, if I remember.
What do you love about gardens?
· The atmosphere they give off- that summer spring feeling
· The vibrant colors and ability to grow so beautifully and that amazing smell of the
freshness
· The way they look
How Do You feel about Getting Dirty?
· I’m prefer not to, especially not on a daily basis
· I’m not against it
· If it’s for a good cause, I’m all in.
· Ewe, dirt. No thanks.
The Results
· If you answered mostly A’s: annuals in potted plants or small garden beds will be the
best choice for you. Annuals only last for one season which is great for the spring and
summer. You can easily pot them around the patio in plants or in a small garden bed.
Water four times a week, fertilize twice a month and you’re done.
· If you answered mostly B’s: perennials and roses in large garden. You are in it for the
long haul which means you have the dedication and motivation to do whatever you want.
Perennials will last longer and roses will give you the challenge you are looking for.
· If you answered mostly C’s: vegetable and herb garden. Growing your own vegetable or
herb garden will give you a fresh and colorful garden as well as a great way to save on
produce weekly.
· If you answered mostly D’s: perhaps gardening is not for you. Instead of raising the
garden care bar too high, why not start with a few indoor plants or even a few fake plants
to brighten your indoor and outdoor living areas?

The Different Kinds of Plant Gardens and How to Care for Each Type

Garden care depends on what type of garden you have, or are planning to plant. Below we have listed a few of the most popular flowers and types of gardens so you know what you can expect and how to maintain your garden of choice throughout the year.

BORDER GARDEN;

Border garden: border gardens are usually placed on the ground, alongside a part of the house or a pool. For example, the front of your house may have a border garden. Border gardens tend to have perennial plants placed with the taller ones at the back and the smaller ones at the front. Many people will also use ground covers (plants that grow along the ground) to fill in the spots. Border gardens can brighten up your house and also create a three-dimensional garden feel for your visitors. Ground covers are a great addition to border gardens because they can grow quickly and complete your garden in no time. Many people will opt for roses in their border gardens in a variety of different colors.

  • Rock gardens:
  • rock gardens are another popular choice for your front or backyard. Most rock gardens will either have rocks surrounding the garden with plants inside, or rocks spread throughout the garden. Either way, the combination of beautiful shrubs, dark rocks, and blossoming flowers can add a delicate touch to any garden. When it comes to rock gardens, you need a lot more soil as your flowers must grow around the rocks. Make sure you spread your flowers out evenly around the rocks and give them plenty of room to grow. Perennials are best for rock gardens as they come back every year.
  • Potted/Container Gardens:
  • another popular choice is potted plant gardens. Many people will plant mini gardens in large pots or container around the house. Potted plant gardens look great inside and outside and can brighten up your deck or patio area. Potted plants are fairly easy to maintain. You will need to water them every day during the summer with a watering can and add some fertilizer to the mix twice a month. Potted plants can be annuals or perennials and look best when you choose various colored flowers. You can plant several smaller plants in one pot or opt for a large plant per pot. Try to match your potted plant designs to the color of the flowers, the decor of the furniture, and the table place-mats.

The Best Conditions and Home Remedy Secrets to Rose Garden Care

Roses are one of the most popular choices when it comes to home gardens. And why not?
They are beautiful; they are romantic; and they smell divine. Furthermore, having your very own
rose bush allows you to save a small fortune each year on flowers for birthdays, graduations,
anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and those times when you need to say “I’m Sorry”. However,
roses are not the easiest flowers to grow. They are stubborn little things that need the utmost
care and the perfect garden environment. Here are some tips for caring for your rose bush and
making these beautiful flowers the highlight of your garden.
The Rose Conditions
Roses love the sun. And we mean they love it! Roses tend to grow best when they are in direct
sunlight for six hours a day, which means they should be placed in a warm spot in your garden.
They will also need good, well drained soil that is able to hold moisture. You should make sure
the soil is enriched with manure or compost among other natural fertilizers (see below). Roses
Roses also need a lot of water, especially when they are first planted. Make sure your roses can
a good, regular watering at least once a week. Roses need more than the occasional sprinkle.
The best time to water your roses is during the mornings which can prevent the risk if fungal
disease and flower damage.
It’s important to not only choose the right place for your rose bush, but also the right planting
conditions. New roses need a lot of watering and usually fare better when planted in the cool
moist conditions of spring or fall. As soon as the soil becomes workable and the breeze hits, it’s
a good idea to get out your gardening gloves and get to work on your roses.
The Rose Remedy
There are several home remedies and natural ingredients that can help keep your roses
growing beautifully. The next time you have a friend over for a cup of tea, keep the tea leaves or
the leftover drops and sprinkle them into the rose bush garden. You can place the leaves just
below the soil. Tea leaves are rich with nutrients that the roses will soak up.
Another option is to use your old coffee ground from your coffee machine. Instead of washing
the coffee grinds down the drain, head outside to the garden and sprinkle it on the soil around
the roses