Making Seed Tapes for Lettuce and Carrots

Making seed tapes for lettuce and carrots- perfectly spacing the seeds so you don’t have to thin later!

Seed Tapes

You will need:

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Seed packet
  • Ruler
  • White flour
  • Water
  • Elastics / string

In a nutshell:
Cut two-inch-wide newspaper strips.

  1. Identify the name of your seeds.
  2. Mark the seed’s location with a marker according to the type of seed.
  3. Prepare the glue: add one tablespoon of flour.
  4. Add two tablespoons of water.
  5. Mix and apply glue on each location marked with a pencil.
  6. Plant the seeds.

But you’ll want to check out this great tutorial on how to make your own seed tapes.

Add Magnesium to Soil

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant element in our bodies and essential to life. Magnesium is also essential to plants and is a key component of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants. It is is part of the structure of both proteins and nucleic acids. Magnesium aids photosynthesis by activating carboxylase enzymes and it affects cell wall formation by activating peptidase enzymes.

Green Bell Peppers

Magnesium Deficiency in Plants

Magnesium deficiency is not uncommon in many soils and because magnesium is quite soluble it is easily leached from the soil. Also, many agricultural chemicals (such as ammonium nitrate), which are applied to crops, interfere with the uptake of magnesium by plants. The addition of calcium and potassium in excess of need can also deplete soils of magnesium. Some alkaline soils have a low pH and these at times will cause magnesium to be unavailable to the plants. Just as with calcium, high soil temperatures will affect the availability of magnesium to plants.

Magnesium deficiency in horticultural crops is manifested by a yellowing of leaves between the veins beginning at or near the tips and progressing inward toward the center vein until only a few vestiges of green remain. Such leaves are very brittle, the tips and margins tend to curl upward, and the plants are stunted in growth.

Adding Magnesium to Your Garden Plants and Soil

You can purchase Magnesium Sulfate from any garden center. Or you can make your own:

Mix 1 teaspoon epsom salts in 4 cups warm water, spray on plants and then again 10 days later.

On tomatoes, peppers and roses especially. Adds magnesium to soil.

Goldfish in Rain Barrels

Mosquitoes are a common problem in many areas because they breed rapidly and can carry disease. While there are chemical ways of reducing the mosquito population, these should only be used as a last resort because not only do they kill mosquitoes, but also destroy other beneficial insects.

A good way to reduce your mosquito population is by using goldfish. These fish eat mosquito larvae and can keep your area free of mosquitoes without the harmful effects of chemicals.

Gold Fish in Rain Barrel

 

You can put Goldfish in your rain barrels to eat the mosquito larvae. Clever. Plus, fish poop is good for your plants. 😉 Be sure to follow the directions for acclimating the fish to their new watery home. And you might want to keep some fish flakes on hand in case there is not enough larvae to feed your gold fish.

Design an Easy Kitchen Garden

The kitchen garden might be the focal point of an all-season landscape or simply a basic vegetable patch. It’s a place to grow herbs, vegetables, and fruits, but it can also be a structured garden space, often with a design centered on repetitive geometric patterns.

Kitchen Garden

A kitchen garden is a private, often small-scale garden whose purpose is to provide the owner with produce for cooking. Kitchen gardens can be anything from highly organized and ornamental plots in suburban yards to casual plantings around a shaded home-base in an inner city apartment building.

To design a kitchen garden, it is helpful to consider the size and location of the garden in relationship to where you will be cooking. A kitchen garden can save time, money, and provide nutritious homegrown produce. There are many possibilities in designing a kitchen garden; it does not have to look like everyone else’s kitchen garden.

Easy Watering For Container Plants

A great way to make sure your hanging, or container, plants get a deep watering. It will also cut down on the frequency of having to water the plants.

Easy Plant Watering

Cut the bottom off a 1 or 2 liter bottle. Poke holes as shown in the picture. Leave an inch or so of the bottle above the soil line and fill with water. The plant roots will draw the water as needed!

 

Homemade Weed Killer

Homemade Weed Killer

Weed Killer Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Liquid dish soap (any brand)
  • Empty spray bottle.

Homemade Weed Killer

Put salt in the empty spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap (makes it stick to the leaves). 

Mix well, spray on weeds in the morning, rejoice in their death that evening.

This solution works best if you use it on a hot day. Spray it on the weeds in the morning, and as it heats up it will do its work.

Natural Weed Killer

Got weeds? Use vinegar!  Vinegar is a staple in many homes, but did you know that this seemingly benign liquid can be used to kill weeds? The acetic acid in vinegar takes out the water of the weeds, causing them to dry up and die.

Vinegar to Kill Weeds

Vinegar alone is sufficient to eliminate weeds; however, it works best when used in conjunction with soap and salt. Combine some Dawn dish soap, either plain salt or Epsom salts, and vinegar in a large container with a wooden spoon. You’ll need to reapply the solution for stubborn, older weeds, just like you would with chemical weed killers.

Be careful what you put this mixture on, it won’t discriminate between weeds and the things you want to grow!