Mrs. Fixit: Kitchen Gardening

May 10, 2009 8:14:32 AM PDT
Look around the kitchen, you may find the perfect fertilizer for your garden or houseplants.

If your azaleas need some help, mix two tablespoons of white vinegar into a quart of water and use it to feed your flowers. They love the acidic soil! Because it also has a ton of minerals, you can use white vinegar on your houseplants. Dilute a tablespoon of vinegar in a gallon of water and you're all set. Use this solution only once every couple weeks!

Another great plant fertilizer:coffee. You can work used coffee grounds into the soil or you can dilute a cup of coffee in four cups of water and use it to water your plants. No coffee? You can use tea or teabags as well!

Save your eggshells too, crush them up and sprinkle them around your plants. The soft shells will decompose slowly and add nutrients to the soil, plus they repel slugs and snails.

Sprinkle some cinnamon around the base of your peony plants, to help prevent fungus growth!

After working in the garden, wet your hands and sprinkle with sugar and wash with soap and water. The sugar acts as a gentle abrasive to scrub your hands clean!

Thinking outside the box when gardening can save you a lot of money. I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.

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