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7 gardening secrets no one told you about

Published on January 11, 2018

Think you’re doomed to a plant-less existence? Creating your lush green Shangri-La will take time. Gardening can be a tricky business but don’t worry, we’re here to help.

1. A pinch here and a pinch there:

Pinching herbs may sound weird, but it helps with growth. It’s a form of pruning that encourages branching. When you pinch a plant, you’re removing the main stem and forcing the plant to grow two new stems. Pinch the top parts of the stem using your thumbnail and fingernail to cut through it.

2. Mulch your plants with the newspaper:

Lay out several sheets and overlap the edges of the sheets so that they don’t separate. Use a minimum of two sheets and a maximum of 20 sheets to retain moisture and suffocate weeds. You can also add wet, shredded paper to compost to remove odor.

3. Give your plants a cup of tea:

Substitute brewed tea when watering plants. Also, work wet tea leaves into the soil to spur growth.

4. Plants love bananas:

Wipe down each leaf with the inside of a banana peel. Better still, use bananas (whole or peels) as a soil amendment. If you’re attempting to grow roses or any other plant that requires plenty of potassium, just bury a banana peel among the roots.It will give the plant a nutritional boost.

5. Use aluminum foil to deter insects:

Afraid that insects are out to destroy your plants? Shoo away pesky bugs by mixing strips of aluminum foil with mulch. If birds are a problem, hang foil strips on plants to scare them away.

6. Save your tomatoes:

Hang brightly-colored plastic ornaments on plants before the tomatoes turn red. This will frighten birds away and stop them from pecking holes in the fruits.

7. Kill pests with salt:

Douse insects with salt – they won’t survive long. Also, prevent weeds by pouring a solution of 1 cup salt and 2 cups water directly on the plants.

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