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Viewing Pippi21's Garden Diary: Garden Gate magazine tips to remember
Monday, March 5, 2012
Recycle those detergent jugs
It's cold outside and I'm going back over years of GG magazine, andi it's funny how you find articles that you missed when you read them or forgot about it.
This tip comes from a 2010 issue..Some gardening admendments come in paper bags or cardboard boxes and they aren't always the best storage containers in a shed or garage. Not only can moisture get in and ruin them but if they are in a shed, sometimes field mice can come in to get out of the cold.
Dorothy from Vt. wrote that she uses her plastic laundry jugs to store any powdered products as it keeps them fresh and dry. She washes and rinses out the detergent jug out thoroughly and turns it upside down to dry for a couple of week to make sure all residue or moisture is gone. Then she takes a permanent marker and writes the name of the product and date on the outside.
I'm adding my two cents to her great tip. I notice that some of my neighbors buy coffee in plastic cans and I would think this would also be useful for the same purpose. I have my vermitculite stored in a large metal tin that we rec'd popcorn in one Christmas. One of those plastic coffee cans would take up less storage space, even though I might have to use two cans to hold the amount I have. I will have to see how much perlite is left and find a plastic storage container for it too.
In Oct. 2010 issue on page 23 there is an illustration how to make round cages with hardware cloth to keep the squirrels and chipmunks from digging up your bulbs. This looks like an easier way to do this than what I did last winter. Might have to try this method in the Fall when I plant some more bulbs. There is also a recipe for Homemade pest repellant.. 1tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp Ivory or some other mild dish soap and 1 qt. warm water. I guess you mix it up and spray on the area where you have sown the bulbs. Another suggestion is to spray the bulbs with Liquid Fence or Ropel before you plant them. I have also read to soak the bulbs in Ropel for a short while before planting them. The spray washes away in a rain, so you will have to repeat the spray. Also have read that once the ground is frozen the critters won't bother the bulbs..