Sweet Peas (1st wk jan) Jan/Feb  favoured time for growers in the north of the UK. Nip out top two leaves when the seedlings have four.   Mar/Apr  Plant out, but if the ground is cold and/or very wet, wait. The plants will soon catch up.  Also time to direct sow   May/June Keep the blooms cut  if they set seed flowering will be curtailed. July/Aug Water if  is dry but do this early on in the day. Feed with a weak solution of your favourite flower food if your plants are starting to look…

Sweet Peas (1st wk jan) Jan/Feb favoured time for growers in the north of the UK. Nip out top two leaves when the seedlings have four. Mar/Apr Plant out, but if the ground is cold and/or very wet, wait. The plants will soon catch up. Also time to direct sow May/June Keep the blooms cut if they set seed flowering will be curtailed. July/Aug Water if is dry but do this early on in the day. Feed with a weak solution of your favourite flower food if your plants are starting to look…

Five environmentally friendly bug sprays you can make yourself to treat pests in your garden.

Five environmentally friendly bug sprays you can make yourself to treat pests in your garden.

Killing Aphids with Soap. HOMEMADE INSECTICIDAL SOAP CONCENTRATE  1/4 cup grated soap (I use Fels-Naptha, but Ivory or other real soap - see above - will work)  4 cups hot water    Stir soap into water until dissolved. Store in a jar until ready to use.    To dilute for plant use:  Add 1 tsp. concentrate per 4 cups (32 oz.) of water. Pour solution into a spray bottle.  This soap is a contact poison - spray directily onto the aphids. It will not harm your plants.

Killing Aphids with Soap. HOMEMADE INSECTICIDAL SOAP CONCENTRATE 1/4 cup grated soap (I use Fels-Naptha, but Ivory or other real soap - see above - will work) 4 cups hot water Stir soap into water until dissolved. Store in a jar until ready to use. To dilute for plant use: Add 1 tsp. concentrate per 4 cups (32 oz.) of water. Pour solution into a spray bottle. This soap is a contact poison - spray directily onto the aphids. It will not harm your plants.

Make your own mole repellent! 1/4 cup castor oil, 6 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons liquid detergent (We use Dawn). Combine all ingredients in blender until consistency of whipped cream. Add 2 tablespoons of repellent to a regular garden watering can and then fill with warm water. Thoroughly water over areas of greatest damage. For best results apply after a rain or a thorough watering.

Make your own mole repellent! 1/4 cup castor oil, 6 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons liquid detergent (We use Dawn). Combine all ingredients in blender until consistency of whipped cream. Add 2 tablespoons of repellent to a regular garden watering can and then fill with warm water. Thoroughly water over areas of greatest damage. For best results apply after a rain or a thorough watering.

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