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Zinnias deter cucumber beetles and tomato worms. They attract predatory wasps and hover flies, which eat insects that would destroy garden plants. They attract hummingbirds, which eat whiteflies before those flies can damage tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes.

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Zinnias deter cucumber beetles and tomato worms. They attract hover flies, which eat insects that would destroy garden plants. They attract hummingbirds, which eat whiteflies before those flies can damage tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes.

Know your soil - do a Mason Jar Soil Test.  I did this years ago when I first started gardening. I ended up adding sand to my garden spot. I have had poor soil conditions for the last 10 years or so and have added organic material and composted material  to improve my soil condition. The mason jar test is a great place to start.

Mason Jar Soil Test

Know your soil - do a Mason Jar Soil Test. I did this years ago when I first started gardening. I ended up adding sand to my garden spot. I have had poor soil conditions for the last 10 years or so and have added organic material and composted material

This article on saving seeds caught my eye. I like the idea of that level of self-sufficiency. I like thinking about the plants in my garden, and the food we eat, coming entirely from our own plant...

Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook: Specific Seed Saving Instructions for Common Vegetables

Harvesting Cilantro. Ooooooh, now I get it.....never could figure out how to keep it going!

Harvesting Cilantro Each cilantro plant grows from the center and develops stems that branch out. Its best to harvest just the outer stems. This leaves the center of the plant undisturbed, allowing for future growth.

1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt  1 gallon water  A watering can    1. Combine the Epsom salt and water.   2. Use the solution to water your plants.   3. Repeat once a month.    Why This Works--Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate – both vital plant nutrients. Some magnesium-loving plants to try it on: houseplants, roses, peppers, tomatoes etc.

7 Homemade Fertilizer Recipes

1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt 1 gallon water A watering can Repeat once a month. Why This Works--Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate – both vital plant nutrients. Some magnesium-loving plants to try it on: houseplants, roses, peppers, tomatoes

Toss a few pennies in the soil to turn hydrangeas blue

Put a couple of pennies in the soil with your hydrangeas to turn them blue.I remember Mother using nails. Don't remember her ever getting the hydrangeas to turn blue.

apparently they repel mosquitoes

Marigold Seeds Sparky Mix

French Marigold: Zone annual, summer to fall blooms, full sun, easy to grow

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