This isn't a tip, just a little fact from Horticulture magazine. The wind chill factor doesn't affect plants. The wind chill deals with the wind's ability to remove heat from warm-bodied animals, which generate their own heat. Plants don't.
Rub arms and legs with a fabric softener sheet to keep bugs and mosquitoes away.
Two uses for plastic soda bottles or milk cartons: Bury a 2-liter soda bottle up to the neck with holes punched into the bottom alongside a fresh planting. Fill the bottle with water or fertilizer, and it goes straight to the roots.
Use old plastic milk jugs to start seeds. Cut off the top, punch holes in the bottom, fill with potting mix and plant.
Put golf balls into your watering cans and they will help mix the fertilizer and water. Wear golf shoes when you mow, which helps keep you steady on the slopes and aerate the lawn while you walk.
Use plastic deli containers as mini greenhouses for germinating seeds, suggests Backyard Living magazine. Fill the bottom with soil, plant the seeds, water lightly and close the lid.
Another idea from Backyard Living: Don't throw out old rolling coolers. Store gardening supplies like gloves, tools, string and birdseed inside. They even suggested hot gluing an old outdoor cushion to the top, so after you roll it to the garden, you can use it as a seat while you weed!
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.