Monday, July 02, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

More Gardening Tips

Preserving Leaves for Bouquets
1 part glycerin
1 part water

Crush the stem of each branch and peel it back a bit. Put the branches in a container with water and glycerin and let stand until the leaves turn as desired. DO NOT OVERCROWD the container so that air can circulate around the leaves.

Drying Flowers
10 parts white cornmeal
3 parts borax

Mix together. Bury flowers in the mixture. Let set for two weeks, and the dried flowers will last for years.

Colored Flowers
Mix several drops of food coloring into a glass of water. Place wildflowers such as daisies or Queen Anne's lace or any white flowers into the water. The stems will absorb the dye.

Fancy Plant Food
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Epsom salt
1 teaspoon saltpeter
1/2 teaspoon ammonia
1 gallon tepid water

Houseplant Mix
1 quart finely sifted topsoil
2 quarts finely sifted compost or high-quality leaf mold
1 quart coarse builder's sand, perlite, vermiculite, pre-moistened peat or sphagnum moss
1/2 cup dehydrated cow manure or 1/4 cup dehydrated poultry manure

Put 1 inch of loose gravel at the bottom of the container for better drainage. Apply Manure Tea according to needs of the particular plant.

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