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Orchid Care Tips: Non-Toxic Insecticide

To spray your orchid plants to deter insects – in place of more toxic chemicals.

4 cups canola oil or vegetable oil
7 table spoon eucalyptus oil
2 cups water
2 teaspoon dish soap

Mix together & shake well. To use add 3 tablespoon of mixture to 4 cups of water and spray.

Warmest wishes from sunny Florida,

Carol :)
The Orchid Care Lady

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25 Clever Uses for Vinegar in the Garden

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Bill and I are really making a conscious effort to change the way things operate in our household.   I’ve already phased out all of our previous household cleaners with natural cleaning solutions and I’ve been so pleased with the results I thought I’d continue the work outdoors.

We are in the process of transitioning the garden into a more environmentally friendly place–finding options for natural pesticides and fertilizers (that really work).

It may come as a surprise, but we’ve actually saved money transitioning our home and garden into greener spaces.   Natural and environmental friendly does not necessarily  mean more expensive!

One of my absolute favorite natural secrets is vinegar.  It is super cheap, widely available and has so many great uses around the house and garden!

White distilled vinegar provides many safe and natural ways to protect and enhance your garden and gardening tools. Not only will you feel good about keeping children and pets (and you!) away from pesticides and other chemicals, you’ll feel great about the low cost of vinegar compared to those other products.

25 Clever Uses for Vinegar in the Garden

1. Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.

2. Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture.

3. Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area.

4. Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.

5. Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.

6. Get rid of the water line in a flower vase by filling it with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar, or by soaking a paper towel in white distilled vinegar and stuffing it into the vase so that it is in contact with the water line.

7. Clean out stains and white mineral crusts in clay, glazed and plastic pots by soaking them for an hour or longer in a sink filled with a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar.

8. Remove crusty rim deposits on house planters or attached saucers by soaking them for several hours in an inch of full-strength white distilled vinegar.

9. Clean a birdbath by scrubbing it often with undiluted white distilled vinegar. Rinse well.

10. Get rid of rust on spigots, tools, screws or bolts by soaking the items overnight or for several days in undiluted white distilled vinegar.

11. Neutralize garden lime by adding white distilled vinegar to the area.

12. Avoid skin problems after working in the garden by rinsing your hands in white distilled vinegar.

13. Increase the acidity of soil by adding white distilled vinegar to your watering can.

14. Eliminate anthills by pouring in white distilled vinegar.

15. Cure a cement pond before adding fish and plants by adding one gallon of white distilled vinegar to every 200 gallons of water. Let sit three days. Empty and rinse thoroughly.

16. Sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.

17. Kill slugs by spraying them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.

18. To catch moths use a mixture of 2 parts white distilled vinegar and 1 part molasses. Place mixture in tin can and hang in a tree.

19. Keep rabbits from eating your plants. Put cotton balls soaked in white distilled vinegar in a 35mm film container. Poke a hole in the top and place in the garden.

20. Remove berry stains on your hands by rubbing them with white distilled vinegar.

21. Clean plastic patio furniture with a solution of 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water.

22. Wash fresh vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1 ½ quarts of water.

23. When cleaning an outdoor fountain, soak the pump in white distilled vinegar to remove any mineral deposits.

24. Clean a hummingbird feeder with white distilled vinegar—soap or detergent can leave behind harmful residue.

25. Remove mold from terra cotta pots by soaking in a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 cup chlorine bleach, and 1 gallon of warm water before scrubbing with a steel wool pad.

* Traditional white distilled vinegar found at your local supermarket is 5% acidic.  You can purchase a stronger 20% acidic vinegar (great for killing weeds) at a local nursery, farm supply company, or wherever organic gardening supplies are sold.

Warmest wishes from sunny Florida,

Carol :-)
The Orchid Care Lady

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My Favorite Gardening Accessory : Fiskars Phone & Garden Pocket

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As most of you know by now, I spend a lot of time caring for my indoor orchids and working out in the garden.  A few years ago, I was flipping through the Sky Mall catalog on the plane and saw something I new I had to have.  Like most things in there, this one was a bit more than I wanted to spend.  With catalog page in hand, I scoured the internet trying to find something similar that was a little more budget friendly.  After just a few minutes of research, I FOUND IT!  The Fiskars Phone & Garden Pocket!!!

Fiskars Garden Pocket, Gardening

I found this absolutely amazin’, simply handy dandy, garden pocket on sale at Amazon for $45.23 (with Free Shipping.)  This little number was a whopping 55% off the regular price of $99.99 (SKY MALL PRICES!).  After reading the reviews (read a few below), I knew it was the one.

Now that I had a brand in mind, I spent a few more minutes trying to find a better price.  And I did….Are you ready????  I found the Fiskars Phone & Garden Pocket on sale for $14.95 and FREE Shipping! 85% off the Sky Mall Price!  Wooohoo!

I use my “garden purse” to hold my phone, keys, water and bug spray! :-)   I absolutely love it!!

Here’s the description from the website:

Fiskars® Phone & Garden Pocket

Fiskars Phone & Garden PocketStrap it around your waist to carry your phone, beeper, pruner, seeds, even bottled water – conveniently while you do your yard work. Padded pocket protects your phone as you work; hear-thru mesh means no more missed calls. Second pocket can hold a variety of garden tools; also features a key latch and pencil loop. Attractive and durable nylon material.     Buy Now

REVIEWS:

“This handy hip caddy holds a phone and other items like pruning shears. It even has enough space for a pencil and note pad! Adjustable strap for a loose or snug fit. This is not just for gardening. Tailgate parties, day at the beach. It goes were you go! Hands free! And it even has a clip for keys. It’s all that and a bag of chips!”

“Bought this almost seven years ago, and it’s still in use today. Have used it for yard work and gardening, working on the car, as a general tool belt and even as an organizer while moving a couple of times. It has an adjustable waist strap, or one can just sling it over the shoulder, and there’s a cinch that will keep your cell phone from falling out in the midst of a dense weed patch… as had happened once before I had this wonderful and handy accessory.

Must admit that I was skeptical about how long the plastic clasp and key ring snap would last, but they’re never failed once, and unlike the “rugged steel hardware” on another product, they won’t ever rust. The phone pocket is padded on the inside, protecting an expensive cell phone from being damaged by other sharp items you might be carrying. There’s plenty of room for carrying garden scissors, snippers, pruners and much more in the larger pockets, and the rugged plastic mesh on the bottom of the pouch keeps various tools and implements well ventilated, eliminating moisture damage.”


Warmest wishes from sunny Florida,

Carol :-)
The Orchid Care Lady

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