Saturday, May 9, 2009

Heirloom Tomatoes

I like keeping a small list of my favorite heirloom tomatoes and here they no particular order

Amish Paste

Mortgage lifter


Red Pear

Brandy wine

Old Fashion Cherry

Happy Gardening...


How to kill a plant....

There are times when you just want to get rid of a plant. I have some little rose bushes that have the worst thorns. I used this method and they we gone in a few weeks.

Salt! Salt will kill about any plant. I suggest that you only use this on plants that you want to kill and make sure there are no other plants around that you want to keep.

1. Dig down cutting the roots of the plant you want to kill.

2. Cut back all branches as close to the grown as possible

3. Pour a lot of salt directly into the wounds. Try not to get much on the soil just on the plant.

I do this on a very warm day letting the sun work on the salt.

This should kill that stubborn plant.

Happy Gardening...


Keeping Wasps away...

Keep Wasps Away.....

I like being out-side and not being bothered by them.... here is how I keep them away...

Cut the top off a plastic bottle..I use a water bottle.

I then invert the lid back inside the bottle will look like a funnel inside. I then secure the out-side with tape. I place two holes and place a string to hang out on a tree branch. I then pour sugar water into the bottle. This keeps the wasps near the sugar water and way from me.

Give this a try!

Happy Gardening...



I am a big fan of mint....I love it in a nice tall glass of ice tea.

Mint is easy to grow but it can be invasive...I grow mine in large pots. I have see my friends grow mint in pots and place them in the ground. This way the mint doesn't spread out into the yard.

You need to clip off young shoots regularly to promote new growth. Pruning especially hard to stimulate growth of tender leaves.

I have my pots of mint near my house to prevent ants from coming in my house. You can place bundles of mint in your cabinets to prevent insects from getting into your beans, rice and even cereal.

One of my favorite ways to use mint is to make a pesticide to get ride of aphids and little caterpillars.


1 cup chopped mint
1 quart of water

placed in blender....blend in spray bottle

Spray on aphids and caterpillars until gone.

Happy Gardening...



We have the cutest little chipmunks in our yard but they cause so much damage to our garden. Chipmunks love to eat newly planted bulbs their favorite's our crocuses, hyacinths, tulips.

The best way to keep chipmunks out of your garden beds.....

Plant your bulbs and place wire over can also place moth crystals on top of them.

You can plant bulbs extra deep and then place gravel over top of them.

Happy Gardening,