- Use beer to get slugs out of your garden - Beer is a surefire way to keep slugs from munching on your favorite plants. Best of all, it won't harm your plants or other garden critters. Pour an inch of beer into a small bowl and place it in the garden, level with the soil. Slugs will make their way to the edge and fall in. Add the dead slugs to your compost pile and refill the bowl.
- Make a solution to keep dogs from digging in your garden - A mixture of Tabasco sauce, garlic, onion, and cayenne pepper in a bucket of water will deter dogs. Let it sit for several hours and then sprinkle it over the areas of the garden where dogs have been digging.
- Toss lemon peels in the garden to keep cats from using your soil as a litter box - Citrus scents make the cats cower and sneeze, so toss a few lemon peels or orange peels in the garden and your cat problem will be solved. The peels are not harmful to other plants in the garden and are completely biodegradable so you can put them in the garden and forget about them. Aphids are also repelled by citrus. Mix the grated rind from a lemon with water and spray it on any plants that are being attacked by the little bugs.
As you can tell, I'm in a place in my life where "pests" are a problem. Actually, I'm mostly concerned at this point with keeping my dog away from our compost bin, not the garden. Thankfully, she has not yet associated the garden with food, however, the bits that fall out of the compost bin are her favorite meal supplement.
And the lemon peels? Well, we don't have an outdoor cat problem as of yet, but knowing they don't like citrus could come in handy for our indoor cats. We have one that's notorious for peeing outside the litter box. Maybe if we covered the house in peel, except for the litter box...
Anyway, the point is that even a dark green, earth loving, hippy chick like me pulled some wonderful tips from this gem of a book.
Here's the good part, I won this book from Crunchy Chicken (thanks, Crunchy!) in a give-away and to share the love, I'll also be offering up this book in a give-away. Interested? You know I'm going to make you work for it, don't you?
If you'd like your name submitted to win "The Green Year," tell me the most recent change you've made in your life to become more environmentally friendly.
I'll randomly select one name on Saturday, March 7. Good luck!