How to deal with pests in your herb garden

A beautiful herb garden is a great addition to your home but can be difficult if pests find your garden a good home to live in. With a little planning and maintenance, you can protect your garden and help it thrive. Here are 5 tips to help you out.

A beautiful herb garden is a great addition to your home but can be difficult if pests find your garden a good home to live in. With a little planning and maintenance, you can protect your garden and help it thrive. Here are 5 tips to help you out.

Use Strong Smelling Herbs

Take advantage of plants that repel pests for your herb garden. Planting pungent herbs like mints along with other herbs will help reduce the number of pests you have to deal with. Herbs like catnip are great for repelling ants, weevils, squash bugs, aphids, and Beatles.

Use Flowering Herbs

A great way to deal with pests in your herb garden is to plant herbs that will attract beneficial insects. Flowering herbs like lavender, basil and dill are a great way to attract butterflies and bees that will help pollinate your garden and make your plants stronger.

Use a Bug House

Place a bug house in your herb garden to attract insects like parasitic wasps that will deal with leafminers and hornworms and ladybugs that will help protect your garden from aphids. A bug house is an easy way to encourage beneficial bugs to come to your garden and stay to protect it from pests.

Use Salt

Snails and slugs can be a common issue in herb gardens. A line of salt along the garden bed edging is a great way to keep them out of your garden. Slugs and snails will back up and go the other way if they touch the salt instead of venturing into your garden beds and pots.

Use a Soap Solution

If aphids take over your garden you can save your herbs by spraying them with a safe and effective soap solution. A teaspoon of dawn dish detergent or liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle with water can help kill aphids when they take over your herb garden. Spray this solution on your plants getting the undersides of leaves in the evening so it has plenty of time to dry before the sun beats down on your plants.

With these tips, make your herb garden a great addition to your home garden. Besides fresh herbs are the best for cooking with!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of May 4, 2019

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 20, 2019

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great Easter weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of April 13, 2019

Links Worth Sharing

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

7 Foods From The Grocery Store You Can Regrow

Food is expensive. When it comes to making a budget for your family, you’ll notice that one of the highest costs you have is food. While it’s not possible to eliminate food from your grocery bill, you can decrease the costs by growing your own food.

On that note, did you know that many of the scraps from foods you purchase on a regular basis from the grocery store can be regrown in your very own kitchen? Instead of throwing away food scraps, you can start thinking differently about them!

Below, I’ve listed 7 foods from the grocery store that you can regrow in the comfort of your home. If you consider growing your own food right in your garden, you’ll have no problem growing your own produce from scraps.

Did you know that many of the scraps from foods you purchase on a regular basis from the grocery store can be regrown in your very own kitchen? Instead of throwing away food scraps, you can start thinking differently about them! Here are 7 foods from the grocery store that you can regrow in the comfort of your home.

Celery

One of the simplest foods from the grocery store you can grow from scraps, is celery.

Planting celery is very simple: Cut off the base or the bottom part of the vegetable and place it in a bowl with warm water. Place the container in a spot that has direct sunlight most of the day.

After a week, you’ll notice that there are leaves growing at the base of the celery. Once you see these leaves, it is now ready to be transplanted in the soil.

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is easy to grow from leftover scraps. Instead of throwing the bottom of the full head of lettuce in the trash, place it in a bowl with a bit of water.

Keep this bowl in a place with direct sunlight. Mist the leaves with water consistently. After two to three days, you will see that there are shoots of new leaves appearing. Once you see them, your lettuce is now ready to be transplanted or simply harvested for salads.

Bean Sprouts

Growing bean sprouts is easy. Just soak a handful of dry beans in water then leave it overnight.

Drain the water and place the beans in a container. Cover it with a towel, leave it overnight, then rinse it again the next day.

Keep doing this until you see the sprouts growing, then you can transfer them to your garden.

Onion

Another easy vegetable to grow, whether it is indoors or outdoors, are onions.

Cut the root of the onions off and plant it in a garden plot or container. Cover the root with potting soil but leave at least half an inch of the onion exposed. In a few weeks, you will start to see leaves growing.

For Green Onions, use the top part of the onion and leave the bottom 2-3 inches with the roots attached.  Place them in a container with water covering the roots. In no time you’ll see the tops of the green onions growing new green.  You can keep them this way and just continue using the tops and allowing them to grow in the water. Just change the water periodically and rinse the roots.

Garlic

Garlic is an easy way to start growing scraps with fast results.

For garlic, choose a whole bulb or individual cloves that have started to send out green sprouts. Place the bulb or clove in a small amount of water and change the water daily.

Potato

Did you know that you can grow a potato out of potato peelings?

Check the peelings to see if there are eyes on them. Cut the peelings into two to three-inch pieces but make sure that there are at least three eyes on each peel.

Dry these peelings, then plant them in your soil, about three to four inches deep. In a few weeks, you will see a potato plant starting to grow.

Tomato

Don’t throw away the seeds from the tomatoes! Rinse them and allow them to dry.

Once dried, you can start planting the seeds in a rich potting soil. Once the seedlings are a few inches high, you can transplant them outdoors where there is plenty of sunlight.

Turn your food scraps into golden nuggets. Instead of throwing them away, use them as another source of food. You are not only saving money, you are also assured that your family gets better and healthier food.