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Growing Fruit Trees in Containers. Master gardener Chris Dawson shares these tips for growing fruit trees in pots.

Homemade Weed Killer 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1/2 cup salt, Liquid dish soap (any brand), Empty spray bottle. Put salt in the empty spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap. This solution works best if you use it on a hot day. Spray it on the weeds in the morning, and as it heats up it will do its work.

Lemongrass: Repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Plant in pots and place on your porch or patio.

(Excellent item for the "do it yourselfer". Easy to use and the finished project looks great.)

Prepare the pot... Place one uncracked raw egg in the pot — as it decomposes, it will serve as a natural fertilizer — and cover with soil. Read more: How to Plant a Vegetable Garden - Herb Gardening - Redbook

To ensure pollination of your raspberries (& other plants!), build a simple orchard mason bee house by drilling holes in a 4x4 and giving it a shingle-roof overhang. Secure the house to a sunny trellis pole, and the bees will come.

Simply pour 2 cups of CLUB SODA directly in the center of a fire ant mound. The carbon dioxide in the water is heavier than air and displaces oxygen which suffocates the queen and the other ants. The whole colony will be dead within about two days. Each mound must be treated individually and a one liter bottle of club soda will kill 2 to 3 mounds.

the world's most perfect fertilizer + pesticide is epsom salt. This is so true- every other week- 1 gallon of water, 1 TBSP of miracle grow and 3 TBSP of epsom salt- I promise a great garden all season