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    Green Thumb DIY Gardening Tips

    Some good ideas at this link. A few I've already been doing like growing new green onions in a glass of water, and a few I want to try like putting a rose stem in a potato to propagate a new rose bush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krystian View Post
    Some good ideas at this link. A few I've already been doing like growing new green onions in a glass of water, and a few I want to try like putting a rose stem in a potato to propagate a new rose bush.

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    I tried this "you can grow more vegetables from your vegetable trimmings" thing. Nothing worked. Once the vegetable that was growing started to mature and had to be moved out of water into soil, the vegetable died. (This was all done during the initial "2 weeks to flatten the curve". )

    I did radish, onion and carrot tops. All ended up failing when transferred to soil. Unless you are going to only eat the greens growing... However the point with radishes and carrots would be to grow new radishes, new carrots.

    The biggest issue with using water is that the water must be changed daily. Bacteria in these homegrown vegetables is problematic. Do your research.

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    There's a Facebook page on winter sowing using plastic bottles. Very interesting concept. The most used bottle is a plastic milk jug. It's an interesting concept that I might try next year.

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    The Irish spring soap trick worked this past year to keep the deer away from my serviceberry bushes!

    And vinegar does work, except when the weed withers, you still have to pull it or else it does come back. It's very temporary.

    What are you experiences?

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    I tried this "you can grow more vegetables from your vegetable trimmings" thing. Nothing worked. Once the vegetable that was growing started to mature and had to be moved out of water into soil, the vegetable died. (This was all done during the initial "2 weeks to flatten the curve". )

    I did radish, onion and carrot tops. All ended up failing when transferred to soil. Unless you are going to only eat the greens growing... However the point with radishes and carrots would be to grow new radishes, new carrots.

    The biggest issue with using water is that the water must be changed daily. Bacteria in these homegrown vegetables is problematic. Do your research.
    I've only tried the veggie trimmings in water for green onions and celery but it worked great. I was able to harvest some over the winter and by spring planted the remainder in the garden.

    Most had been in the water for a month or two and had developed good root systems. I didn't even harden them off, I just picked a nice spring day and put them in the ground. I figured the onions would do well since they're hardier and was a little leery about the celery but they both did great.

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    There's a Facebook page on winter sowing using plastic bottles. Very interesting concept. The most used bottle is a plastic milk jug. It's an interesting concept that I might try next year.

    Winter Sowers Public Group | Facebook

    The Irish spring soap trick worked this past year to keep the deer away from my serviceberry bushes!

    And vinegar does work, except when the weed withers, you still have to pull it or else it does come back. It's very temporary.

    What are you experiences?
    I wonder if the soap trick would work for bunnies and mice. That article suggests using plastic forks put in the ground to deter critters from nibbling on your veggies, I may try that.

    I don't think I've tried straight vinegar for weeds but what I have done is when I've finished a jar of pickles I will take the pickle juice outside and pour it on a sidewalk crack where some weeds may be growing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krystian View Post
    I've only tried the veggie trimmings in water for green onions and celery but it worked great. I was able to harvest some over the winter and by spring planted the remainder in the garden.

    Most had been in the water for a month or two and had developed good root systems. I didn't even harden them off, I just picked a nice spring day and put them in the ground. I figured the onions would do well since they're hardier and was a little leery about the celery but they both did great.

    * can't straighten the photo, turn your phone to the right

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    That's amazing. Maybe I did mine too early and kept them indoors too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krystian View Post
    I wonder if the soap trick would work for bunnies and mice. That article suggests using plastic forks put in the ground to deter critters from nibbling on your veggies, I may try that.

    I don't think I've tried straight vinegar for weeds but what I have done is when I've finished a jar of pickles I will take the pickle juice outside and pour it on a sidewalk crack where some weeds may be growing.
    My main problem is deer and groundhog(s). Liquid Fence every other week saved my hostas and other things they would eat.

    We have pretty good rodent and rabbit control with owls, fox, coyotes, and hawks.

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    My main problem is deer and groundhog(s). Liquid Fence every other week saved my hostas and other things they would eat.

    We have pretty good rodent and rabbit control with owls, fox, coyotes, and hawks.
    Deer aren't an issue here, its rare to have one wander thru the neighborhood but since I'm near a creek all sorts of other wildlife pop in on occasion. We do have a resident coyote and foxes and hawks but not as many as you do out in the country so rodents and bunnies can still abound.

    I just recently heard about this product, it supposedly works well and I was considering buying it but after reading the main ingredients I think I may try putting something together on my own.

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    Shake - Away Rodent Repellent Granules 28.5 oz. (2853338)

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    We had a groundhog digging along our foundation behind some yew bushes. We repaired the damage and got something similiar to that product. It seems to have worked. I just wish we could shoot the varmint. But I think in the spring, we'll have to trap him and then take him to some friends in the country and deal with him.

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