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Green gardening: pesticide and weed killer recipes

For the Deck- Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes | the strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away--very functional patio plant, plus, the leaves make a great healthy tea, and the cut up stems are great in Thai dishes, like Tom Lum (coconut milk) soup.

Snipping off the “suckers” from a tomato bush will help the plant to focus its power on the rising fruits instead of the leafs, Growing better, healthier fruit. Clipping any branches off at the bottom of the tomato plant that is reaching the ground helps to ward off insects and mostly disease, such as blights and wilts.

DIY Patio Lights..Dollar Tree sells these grapevine balls by the bag. Spray paint them any color you like and add a string of Christmas lights.

Grow your own green onions...much faster than celery. Next time you buy green onions, save the bulb and toss it in a jar of water...you'll have a whole new bunch in 12 days!

66 things you can grow at home in containers

Patio Garden Tips Vertical Gardening on the Patio

This one doesn't show you how to do it but looks like a good project to start! It's also great for a tiny patio or yard.

Toilet paper tube smeared in peanut butter, rolled in birdseed - slip it over a branch or poll.

This is so cool! It's a DIY hydroponic window farm! A Windowfarm is a vertical, growing system that has year-round growing in almost any window. It lets plants use window light, the climate control of your living space, and organic "liquid soil." #DIY

#DIY with this worn, beautiful soda crate that has been transformed into a vertical garden. No soda crate? Try a wine box, milk crate,those wooden boxes from the craft store, or even a silverware drawer divider!