Dealing with slugs
A tip from Anne Wesp, in Fine Gardening magazine: "The best way I have found to deal with slugs is to build a barrier around the plants they love most. I collect the prickly balls that fall off my sweetgum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) and spread them under my hostas. I also circle the stems of my dahlias with the prickly seed-pods. To keep the barrier in place, I surround it with a collar of rocks. The slugs are deterred by the sharp circumference and my plants are saved."
Making white roses brighter
Bulb food will make lilies and white roses pop -- and if you pick white roses when they are still a bit green, bulb food added to the vase water will make them whiten quickly.
Author Barbara Baker has written an interesting book, "Container Gardening for Health: The 12 Most Important Fruits and Vegetables for your Organic Garden." Published by Prairie Oak Publishing, the book covers container and organic gardening and discusses pesticide residues in food.
Baker lists the 12 fruits and vegetables, which she calls "the dirty dozen," that are most likely to have chemical residue, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Environmental Working Group. She suggests growing these at home to avoid pesticide exposure.
The top produce items that are considered "dirty" by Baker include peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes, pears, spinach and potatoes.
Baker gives suggestions of varieties to plant, container choices and preparation, location, harvesting and other handy information.
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