Life Hacks Vol. 8 – Gardening Hacks II

Is your garden ready yet? If you’re still working out how to take care of your garden, these simple hacks will make your thumb just a little greener.

  • Sometimes ladybugs need help. This life hack will give them the advantage.

    Sometimes ladybugs need help. This life hack will give them the advantage.

    Aphids can’t handle spice – Sometimes we end up with more aphids than our ladybug friends can handle. If you notice that your vegetable garden (or any other garden) is overrun with aphids, simply mix together some cayenne pepper, crushed onions and garlic. Put them together in a jar of water and let it stew for a couple days. Put it in a spray bottle and go to town! You can also try companion planting to keep aphids away from prone plants. Try onion and garlic as companion plants to your tomatoes and see how it works!

  • Use citrus as an ant deterrent – Have a rogue ant colony that’s wreaking havoc on your garden? Take some citrus peels and boil them in water for 10-15 minutes. Cool the water and then pour around any plants that are coming under attack. The citrus won’t hurt the plants and the ants won’t go anywhere near the citrusy soil. Do this a couple times a week to make sure the ants stay away.
  • Fungus hates cinnamon – Wild mushrooms can be a nuisance in your garden and a bit pesky to get rid of if you don’t have the right tools. The next time you notice some fungus sprouting up, give it a good dose of cinnamon. Cinnamon is a natural fungicide and will help keep your garden fungus-free.
  • Use other plants to deter pests – Companion planting can save a lot of hassle when it comes to pest control. It’s an easy way to make your vegetable garden work for you. Flowers like marigolds deter a lot of plant-eaters, so it might be good to place a few in your vegetable garden. Also, did you know that onion is a deterrent for most pests? This helpful infographic will assist you in getting the most out of your garden.

There you have it. These are just a few simple ways to deal with local pests in your garden. If you have any great life hacks, would like another topic covered in our life hack series, or have questions about HVAC, please contact us via our website, Twitter or our Facebook page.

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