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Homestead Tips ~ Home & Garden

July 6, 2012

Save your eggshells for use in the garden! They add extra calcium when planted with peppers, tomatoes, and squash varieties to prevent blossom end rot and deter slugs on tender greens when scattered across the soil surface.

 

 

 

Place a handful of dirt into a small container and sprinkle vinegar on it. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline; adjust the pH with an acid amendment.

 

 

 

 

The “miracle” of baking soda and peroxide. Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in a bowl and add enough peroxide to make a paste. Rub on with fingers or sponge. Cleans EVERYTHING! Stove, oven, pans, stainless steel applicances, even the white handles of the refrigerator door.

 

 

Cleaning fruit – fill sink with water, add 1 C. vinegar, mix. Add all fruit and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for berries too – keeps them from molding. I do this with strawberries and they last for weeks!

 

 

Add baking soda to the water when you hard boil eggs. It raises the pH of the water and makes them easier to peel by reducing the albumen’s ability to stick to the shell.

 

 

Epsom Salt as Plant Fertilizer – Encourage green growth on your house plants by applying a solution of 2 tablespoons salt to 1 gallon water once a month. Magnesium and sulfur from the salt make leaves grow bushier and encourage flowering plants to bloom more often.

 

 

 

Make Your Own Homemade Pest Spray – Keep slugs and aphids away from window boxes with a homemade, nonchemical pest spray. Place one peeled onion, two peeled garlic cloves, and one teaspoon cayenne pepper in the jar of a blender. Add three cups of water, and blend until smooth. Let the mixture sit overnight, strain the liquid into a spray bottle, and coat plants generously. The solution will keep, refrigerated in the bottle, for up to one week.

 

 

 

Wipe down metal and concrete objects with vinegar before painting to keep the paint from peeling.

 

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One Comment
  1. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

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