Just like many of you, I’m so excited to watch the flowers and vegetables I’ve planted this Spring come to life. But this year, I’m working on a very special garden and I’ve got a lot of very special help.
For those of you who have been following our #BeKind campaign, you know that earthkind® has planted the seeds for a community garden that will help feed hungry families here in North Dakota. It was inspired by our friend Bryce, a young boy who wanted more than anything, to make sure some of his less advantaged neighbors had access to healthy fruits and vegetables.
He and his friends, along with our own earthkind team, are tending to the garden each and every day — and we’re relieved to say that already our young seedlings have survived heavy rains, high heat and 50 mph winds!
The only real problem we’ve had is that the mosquitoes seem to like our garden as much as we do! So they’ve inspired us as well. Beginning in July, we’ll be offering you chemical free solutions to help you keep insects away from your picnics and all your outdoor fun. We’ve even got something for Bryce to use on those itchy mosquito bites!
But for the rest of June, we’ll still be out in the garden, creating #ClearTheCloud natural solutions that will help you keep pests from taking a bite out of your planting budget. Just in case you’ve missed any of the tips we’ve posted on Facebook over the last couple weeks, we’ve compiled them all right here. We’re using them in our community garden. We hope you’re using them in yours!
The Chamomile plant can heal your garden.
After your flowers bloom, use them as life support for sick plants. #ClearTheCloud
Soak chamomile blossoms in water and fill a spray bottle with the fragrant solution. Then mist plants that need a little boost. The chamomile plant is known for its medicinal properties and can be used as a substitute for pyrethrum.
Don’t throw away your egg shells.
Egg shells make the perfect planter. #ClearTheCloud
Why spend money on peat pots when you’ve got ready made planting containers right in your refrigerator? Simply fill each shell with soil and seeds. Then plant them in your garden. Can’t seem to keep the shell in one piece? You can plant an entire egg carton instead!
Preserve the herbs!
Don’t be left hanging with tasteless herbs. #ClearTheCloud
To perfectly preserve fresh herbs, don’t hang them upside down with string. Instead, place each bunch in its own brown paper lunch bag and store them in the fridge. Just fold the bag over to loosely secure.
A new way to water.
Want to give your plants all the nourishment they need without wasting water? #ClearTheCloud
Work half a cup of organic compost into every square foot of soil and it will hold 300% more water. Your flowers will thank you and so will the planet.
Olive oil is good for you and good for your garden!
Are moles making their way into your garden? #ClearTheCloud
Olive oil is a natural repellent. Find the hole they’ve created and fill it with a rag that’s saturated with the fragrant oil. The smell will send them scattering towards a new home.
Insects are easily distracted.
Plant a decoy. Distract veggie eating insects. #ClearTheCloud
Japanese beetles love the scent of geraniums. Plant the fragrant flower in the vicinity of vegetables you want to protect and beetles will be distracted. They’ll feast on the geraniums and leave your growing harvest alone.
You’re not the only one looking forward to that first cup.
Did you know that some of your plants love coffee as much as you do? #ClearTheCloud
Hibiscus, hydrangea, magnolias and rhododendron can’t wait for their morning fix! They’re acid-loving plants and pouring left over coffee or grounds into their soil will perk them up and brighten both your day and theirs.
Let sleepy bees rest.
Save the bees! But please don’t disturb their sleep. #ClearTheCloud
Bees love flowers as much as you do. Plant them and you’ll help increase a dying population. You may not be a big fan of the buzzing little insect, but they help produce our honey and make our gardens grow even greener. Be careful though. They like to sleep in between the blooms during the early morning hours. Don’t surprise them or you could be in for a nasty sting.
Keep your eyes on our Facebook page, because the more we garden, the more tips we’ll come up with. If you’ve got natural gardening solutions that have worked for you, we’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below and we may just share them with our community. We’ll be sure to give you all the credit!
Kari W. Block, Founder/CEO earthkind®