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Kill Weeds Naturally

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06/04/2016

bWtZZHere’s a helpful quick tip for killing weeds without the use of harmful chemicals:  Killing weeds naturally has always been a challenge for those that want to be earth-friendly, but most don’t know that there is a really simple solution!  Weeds need to be hydrated with water just like our favorite perennials, annuals and water wise beauties! What dries up water fast? Salt, that’s right folks, salt.  Sprinkle every weed with an abundant amount and let the plant dry up over time, in no time your weeds will be gone and the earth will thank you for avoiding harsh chemicals.

For those that would like a faster acting solution to killing their weeds naturally, put white vinegar in a pressurized spray bottle and go to town on the little guys, within 24 hours the weeds should be gone but be careful not to spray any wanted plants as they will die along with your weeds if sprayed.

 

For those looking for organic lawn weed killer these methods will not work and will damage the grass along with the weeds. If you need an organic way to kill weeds in grass we recommend coming in to our store and picking up Whitney Farms Organic Lawn Weed Killer which works great for killing common weeds without harming the grass.

That’s it, I hope you liked our quick tip to help you kill weeds naturally.

 

-J

How To Plant a Cocktail Herb Garden

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How To Plant a Cocktail Herb Garden

A cocktail herb garden helps provide easily accessible drink garnishes, fresh cooking ingredients and makes for a gorgeous addition to your patio!  You’ll be surprised how easily it is to grow your own herb garden perfect for cocktails and we’re going to give you the run down.

Materials

  • Container
  • Potting Soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Gloves
  • Trowel
  • Plant Labels
  • Wooden or Metal Stakes
  • Plants

Plants

  • Mint – Perennial Mentha spicata – Use: Lightly “bruise” the leaves into either juleps or mojitos to release the powerful flavors (muddling).  You can also play around by pairing mint with ginger, berries or melons.
  • Basil – Annual Ocimum basilicum – Use: goes great in drinks that usually use mint, but also try it in tequila and rum-based drinks such as margaritas, daiquiris, planter’s punch, and fruity martinis.
  • Rosemary – Perennial Rosmarinus officinalis – Use: adds a great zest to fruity cocktails with berries, citrus, pears, or apples paired with either vodka, sparkling wine or gin.
  • Lavender – Perennial Lavandula angustifolia – Use: because of its citrus and lemony flavor, lavender does great in lemony drinks, sparkling wines and champagne.
  • Cilantro – Annual Coriandrum sativum – Use: goes great in tomato or tropical drinks.  Margaritas and Blood Mary’s go great with Cilantro.

Steps

  1.   You’ll need a container with proper drainage and a location to put the finished container that will get at least 4 hours of sun each day.  Gather the materials listed above and pick your plants (we provided some examples above).
  2.   Add the soil into your container about three-fourths full and place some fertilizer on top (organic preferred!).  We recommend using either Edna’s Best or FoxFarm for the soil and Grow More: Herb Food for the fertilizer, we carry both in our store!
  3.  Arrange and plant your plants!  Make sure they sit below the container lip after they are planted.  Also, be sure to note which order you placed them in so that you can label them correctly!
  4.   Label your plants.  Using the stakes and plant labels be sure to label your plants so that the correct herb makes it into the right drink!
  5.   Water!  You will want to water your herbs thoroughly after they are planted and regularly twice a week there after.
  6.   Enjoy!  When you’d like to garnish your drink just snip off a few leaves and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

www.plantcalifornia.com

www.rodalesorganiclife.com

How to Get Rid of Spider Mites Organically

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29/12/2015

spider-miteSpider mites can cause massive damage to many indoor and outdoor plants, learning how to get rid of spider mites organically is very important to keeping your plants healthy and happy.  Learn more about spider mites, the damage they cause and how to get rid of them organically.

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Why You Should Have a Spiral Herb Garden California

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12/12/2015

herb spiral garden, limited space garden ideasCalifornia homes, whether they are in Orange County, Los Angeles County or San Diego County are often are limited in backyard space, and what better way to make the most out of that space than to build a vertical herb garden!  Our favorite permeable vertical garden are spiral herb gardens because they allow you to not only partake in the sustainable permaculture revolution but also yields fresh, organic herbs at an arms reach from the kitchen.  A spiral herb garden is a compact  vertical garden built using some specific principles which allow the management of wind and water to create an ideal garden scenario in a limited space. read more →


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