Saturday, November 3, 2012

Garden"s Gate Herbals for your Garden

Herb Tonic for your plants

1 1/2 teaspoon dried plantain herb
1/2 teaspoon dried horsetail herb
1/2 teaspoon dried nettle
1/2 teaspoon dried yarrow
1 clove garlic
1 kelp tablet (about 150 micrograms) crushed
6 cups boiling water

Combine all ingredients, pour on the water, and let steep, covered,
for 5 minutes. Strain and use to water herbs. Or make a sun tea,
letting the herbs steep all day. This tonic provides nutrients that
herbs needs, and helps keeps pests away.


Beer fertilizer

If you have the miracle grow container that fit on your garden hose,

 just put a can of beer in first,
then add a cup of liquid dish soap,
the pour in the ammonia till it fills to the top.

Other wise use the can of beer, cup of liquid soap and 1 cup ammonia, put it in your garden sprayer and attach it to your garden hose and water it in. Very simple, I've had really good luck using this.

Essential Oils in your Garden

Thyme and Lavender are great at protecting All vegetables in the garden.

For plants infested with insects, use one of the following Essential oils to make a solution.

Fill a mist spray bottle with 4 oz. Of water,
Add essential oils, a drop or two of
Liquid dish washing soap and shake well.

Mist the infested plant with the solution.

Use as little as possible. Several applications, a few days apart, May be necessary.

Spearmint Oil : ants, aphids, caterpillars, black flea Beetle, gnats, lice, moths, and plant lice.

Peppermint Oil : ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage Root fly, caterpillars, black flee beetle, flies, lice, moths, and Plant lice.

Lemongrass Oil : black flea beetle, fleas, mosquitoes, And ticks.

Idaho Tansy Oil : black fly, carrot fly, fleas, flies, greenfly, Mosquitoes, and white fly.

Hyssop Oil : aphids, cabbage root fly, moths, and Slugs.

Thyme Oil : bean beetle, cabbage root fly, cutworm, And ticks.

Sage Oil: cabbage root fly, cutworm, nematodes, Ticks, & white fly.

Rosemary Oil : cabbage root fly and carrot fly.

Patchouli Oil : gnats, snails, weevils, and woolly Aphids.

Pine Oil : slugs, snails, and woolly aphids. Sandalwood weevils and woolly aphids.


Getting rid of Mice

Anise Seeds have also been used for ages as a mousetrap bait, it is said that mice cannot resist the aroma of the seeds.

Help with Slugs

Around your garden create a border of ashes to deter slugs. The ashes adhere to the bodies of the slugs which draws away their moisture.

Sprinkle salt on slugs and they won’t live too much longer to do any damage to your plants.

Aluminum Foil:
When slugs have attacked your garden full of cucumbers and other vegetables mix strips of aluminum foil with your garden mulch to keep slugs away
Keep slugs out of your potted plants by placing used sanding disks underneath the base of your pots. Make sure the sandpaper is wider than the pot base.

Crushed Eggshells:

Eggshells can create a jagged barrier for a slug trying to enter your garden. Slugs make it a practice of not touching objects that are sharp and abrasive since it literally kills a slug to repair deep scratches on their skin.

Copper offers an alternative to slug control that satisfies someone looking for a humane way to protect a garden. Use old copper hanging around the house to repel slugs without taking their lives. Apparently when a slug meets up with copper a small yet effective electric shock is delivered. Place copper around individual plants – whether it is a tape wire or a round band.


Slugs are attracted to beer. Trap slugs by burying a container filled with an irresistible drink. Cut an empty juice container (like a liter soda bottle) lengthwise in half and pour ½ a can of warm beer in it. Leave it overnight. In the morning you should find a collection of the pests that have drowned in the container. You can also fill the container with salted water and entice slugs to come by placing cut potatoes around the rim of the container.

Fine Thread:
If you wrap your individual plants with fine thread slugs become trapped and can no longer climb up the leaves.

Powdered Ginger:
When trying to keep slugs out of your garden create a barrier made out of powdered ginger.

Dryer Lint:
Create a barrier around your plants and seedlings by using the lint found in your dryer.

Epsom Salt:
Sprinkle Epsom salt in the parts of your yard where slugs frequently dwell and watch the numbers of slugs in your garden decrease. 

Natural Plant Slug Repellants:
Include the flowers and plants in your garden that slugs find repulsive to help keep the pest away. For the most part a slug has no interest in art emisias day lilies fresiale Mon balm red cabbage alyssum azaleas daffodils grapes mint lung wort rosemary red oak leaf lettuce basil evergreens corn fennel cosm oschard foxglovehibiscusparsleysagestansypumpkinsunflowerschicory and endive.

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