Got pests in your garden! Never fear!

For red spider mites and white-flies use 1-2 ounces of liquid seaweed per gallon of water. Apply around dusk and saturate the foliage thoroughly.

Four (4) ounces of Potassium Bicarbonate plus 1 teaspoon of liquid soap to a gallon of water is excellent fungicide for black spot, powdery mildew, brown patch, and other fungal problems.

For killing those weeds in the driveways and sidewalks, etc. use full strength white vinegar (20% food grade concentration). For additional strength, add 1-2 cups of citrus oil and 1-2 cups of molasses per gallon of vinegar. Hope this helps you keep the harmful chemicals out of your gardens.

Another solution: Combine the following ingredients: 1 cup of manure-based compost tea, 1 ounce of molasses, 1 ounce of natural apple cider vinegar and 1 ounce of liquid seaweed mix with 1 gallon of water and (if an extra punch is needed) add 2 ounces of orange oil. This will kill fire ants, squash bugs and the like. Use a drenching method to dispense

Food for Lawn & Pasture

Here is a recipe for feeding our lawns. Mix up the following in a ten-gallon container: ten (10) ounces of horticultural liquid molasses, one (1) ounce of Micro Soil, ten (10) ounces of Fish Emulsion then allow to stand for three (3) hours before applying to a moist lawn. Another application is Aerated Compost Tea, used as a foliar spray for the lawn and shrubs and trees. It will take about twenty (20) gallons per acre (great for pastures as well). Aerated Compost Tea must be used within 24 hours from the time you make it or purchase it. There are 43,560 square feet in an acre and most yards are a quarter of an acre or less. So for you city dwellers, you only need about five (5) gallons of Aerated Compost Tea to really perk up your yard. All you need to create your own aerated compost tea is a few tools and materials: a five-gallon bucket, a fish aquarium bubbler pump of the same capacity, some string, a paint filter or panty hose, water, some compost (either what you composted or some that you purchased) and one (1) tablespoon of molasses. Almost fill your bucket with water, leaving about two (2) inches from the top for overflow from added materials, suspend your compost in the paint filter/panty hose half way down into the water, place aquarium bubbler pump in the bottom of the bucket, add the molasses and turn the aquarium pump on. Let it brew from 24 hours to three days depending on your use (as diluted or at full strength for larger areas). Be sure to use this concoction within twenty-four (24) hours of being brewed. One gallon will be ideal for up to seven thousand (7,000) square feet of yard and lawn.

No more Weeds

For killing those weeds in the driveways and sidewalks, etc. use full strength white vinegar (20% food grade concentration). For additional strength, add 1-2 cups of citrus oil and 1-2 cups of molasses per gallon of vinegar. Hope this helps you keep the harmful chemicals out of your gardens!

Seed Packet Cold Stratification

If you found a packet of seeds that reads in the directions that the best time to plant is a month BEFORE the last hard freeze, never fear, there is a solution. These seeds require winter stratification. Many seeds have a dormancy period that is broken with the freeze. Fill an ice cube tray half with water. Sprinkle seeds that need cold stratification on the water in the ice cube tray. Freeze for a couple of days, no more than three or four. Thaw and sow. Or if you are “ice cubing” wildflower seeds you can simply toss the ice cubes like seed bombs.

Keep your souls and soles in your garden!
Remember the True Master Gardener: Jesus said, “I am the vine; my Father is the Gardener.” John 15:1
Have questions or comments? Contact Bill at The Luedecke Group Realtors (512) 577-1463 or email bill@texasland.net. Or contact Martelle Luedecke (512) 769-3179 at luedeckephotography@gmail.com.

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