Summer Gardening Tips Everyone Should Know

1. To remove salt deposits from clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush.

2. To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails, draw them across a bar of soap. That will seal the undersides of your nails.

3. To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat it with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.

4. Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick. Write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart you’ll have a measuring device in your hand.

5. Remove aphids by wrapping a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, then patting the leaves of infested plants.

6. Save water after boiling vegetables to water potted plants. You’ll be amazed at how the plants respond to the “vegetable soup.”

7. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries.

8. Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly.

9. A great way to dry herbs: Arrange the herbs on a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, then roll up the windows and close the doors. Your herbs will dry quickly and your car will smell great.

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