How To Keep Slugs & Bugs Off Of The Plants In Your Garden: Easy Gardening Tips Every Green Thumb Should Know


Since the beginning of time, home owners have been battling pests and weeds in their garden and in their home. The benefits of growing plants far outweigh the challenges.  Here are some easy tips that can help keep your plants safe, happy and healthy!


  1. What is an easy way to get rid of bugs on plants? 

For an environmentally safe insecticide: boil 5 or 6 chopped garlic cloves in a gallon of water until soft.  Add 1 tablespoon of biodegradable detergent and let sit for a day before spraying on plants.  (If you’re a bit sensitive to the aroma of garlic, you may not want to use this method indoors!)

  1. How to get rid of slugs on your plants, in your garden? 

A spray bottle of 2 parts vinegar and 1 part water is good for getting rid of slugs on your garden plants.

  1. What is better for plants; clay pots or plastic pots?

For indoor and outdoor plants, clay pots are better than plastic.  Clay pots allow the plants to breath and are cooler for the plant roots.


  1. What is the best way to use old aquarium water?

When you change the water in your aquarium, save it to use on your house plants.  They’ll love it!


  1. How to keep nails from getting dirty while gardening?

When planting flowers, first scrape a bar of soap across your fingernails to keep them from getting soil stained.

  1. What to use to keep bugs, cats or critters off of your plants

Sprinkling pepper in the garden will repel cats and other critters from digging or lying on your plants.


  1. How often should I water house plants?

You’re more likely to kill your house plants by over-watering rather than under-watering.  Once a week is sufficient for most house plants.


  1. What is an easy way to prevent plant's leaves from browning?

Brown edges on your indoor plant leaves may mean not enough humidity.  You can water them until they die, but if the air is too dry (especially with the heat on in the winter), watering the roots won’t fix the problem.  If you don’t want to buy a humidifier, place your potted plants on top of a large plate of fine gravel.  Keep the gravel plate filled with water, which will evaporate and create moist air around the plants.


  1. Easy way to get rid of an ant hill outside your home.

Got ants in your pants?  Get even by sprinkling some uncooked grits on the ant hill.  The nasty little brutes will chow down-then swell up and die... revenge!  (What an awful way to go!)







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