Five Eco Garden Tips

Five Eco Garden Tips

Sitting outside, sipping a drink, and soaking in the smells of the garden. What a wonderful way to enjoy the fruits of working in your garden.

Here are 5 tips to help you spend more time enjoying your yard.

  • Companion planting.  This has saved me many hours of weeding and getting rid of pests.
  1. Planting onions with roses eliminated black spots on the roses.
  2. Planting sweet potato vines with your vegetable garden eliminates weeding.
  • Eliminate Mosquitoes.  Plant this flowers in your patio planter to keep away the mosquitoes. Basil, Rosemary, Citronella, Lemongrass, Marigolds, Tansies (Mums), and Garlic.
  • Fragrance. Nothing like sitting outside and smelling the “roses”.  Plant rosemary, thyme, lavender,  autumn clematis, evening primrose.  Shrubs / trees to plant are roses , wisteria, azaleas, butterfly bush, carolina allspice sweetshrub,  mock orange, lilacs, magnolia.
  • Music / entertainment. Post some bird feeders to bring in some sweet music. They bring in beautiful colors, are fun to watch, and they help remove the bugs.
  • Improve your soil.  Every little bit will help the soil return to its normal balance of minerals. Simple waste from the kitchen can be put into the ground or into a compost bin. Eggshells are one of the easiest items to start with. Put coffee grounds around plants that love acid, such as azaleas. Top your soil with compost to keep weeds away and help improve the soil.
 

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13 Responses to “Five Eco Garden Tips”

  1. Paedra July 5, 2011 at 6:56 AM #

    Hi Nancy,

    I just checked out your blog – its lovely.

    I have used coffee grounds for many years, but never tried it with azaleas. I love azaleas, unfortunately they never survived in my little garden, so I left it.

    I will get a new pot, try out the coffee grounds and keep you posted with my progress. One thing with coffee grounds to remember though, is to use dried coffee grounds. Wet coffee grounds straight from the machine can build mould on top of the soil and damage the plant. Oh, btw, I re-tweeted the post to my 2300 followers on http://twitter.com/@potsandpickles – hope you get a few new followers from it 🙂 Many Thanks, Paedra

  2. web design champaign il July 5, 2011 at 8:44 AM #

    Gardening has always been something me and my grandmother could do together. We plant plants and try to kill the weeds that never seem to quit growing back and spend quality time together seeing that every second counts with her. As a kid, I use to love planting vegetables and then waiting a few months until we could pick them and cook them. Vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, green beans, and tons, tons more. I appreciate this blog and allowing me to share my memories from spending time with my grandmother..

    Thanks

    – James L.

  3. James Davenport July 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM #

    My wife enjoys gardening, but hasn’t had much success at it yet. I’m going to definitely recommend your blog to her!

  4. Elissa Joy July 5, 2011 at 2:08 PM #

    Great suggestions on easy gardening tips!! Many years ago I got these books from Rodale Press ( the company that puts out the Magazine Organic Gardening and lots of books about health ) … Sleeping with a Sunflower and Roses Love Tomatoes. They sent me on a trajectory of organic gardening 22 years ago that has been so fun and creative! I still have those books. They are full of gems like what is in your post. 🙂

  5. Erin O'Bryan July 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM #

    Great tips I wonder if sweet potato vines with choke plants?

  6. HL BISE July 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM #

    This is a great post because it’s short and informative! I no longer have a yard to maintain/garden (which I do miss!), but I’m going to send your post to a few relatives who garden! Good stuff…

  7. admin July 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM #

    Erin, interesting idea. The idea was to provide ground cover so weeds don’t come up. Let me know what happens if you try it.

  8. Ronnie July 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM #

    Nancy
    Just doing a tour of blogs. Have to say this is beautifully written and expressive.It places the desire in one to open a nice red sit out and simply enjoy a garden as you conjure it.
    Ronnie

  9. Pat Altvater July 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM #

    Thanks for the great ideas. I printed out your post and will refer to it when planting up at my cottage next year. I love to sit out on my deck there and listen to the birds. Some great scents would be a perfect addition.

    PS – do you have any tips on how to keep deer from taking beautiful hostas and turning them into what looks like celery stalks?

    • admin July 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM #

      I’ve never had this problem. I have heard that using a fertilizer called milorganite(sp) helps keep the deer away. Here’s the link to their site. http://www.milorganite.com/home/

  10. lynadawn July 6, 2011 at 4:34 PM #

    Nancy
    I really appreciate the tip on keeping mosquitos away.
    I’ve been unfortnately blessed with being one of the humans they all love to chew on!
    Great blog….
    lynadawn

    • admin July 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM #

      So am I. Here’s to one less person to feed on.

  11. Susan Maricle July 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM #

    Nancy, reading your blog was like walking around in my favorite thrift store…so many wonderful things, I didn’t know where to look first!

    I shared this post with my FB friends, as many of them are gardeners. I value the wisdom you shared about energetic cleaning b/c I’ll be moving soon. I’ll definitely be back to see what other treasures I can find! Susan

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