I've told you about this last year, and I'll tell you about it again next year! This self-watering grow system uses low-wattage LED lighting and high-tech soil capsules to grow flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables. Grow edibles indoors year-round, or use the optional seedless capsules to start your own seeds, like I do, before transplanting outdoors. My model is the Smart Garden 9. Use the link below and promo code JESSICA10 to save 10%.
Make no mistake -- this is NOT just a calendar! It's an almanac, gardening course and valuable year-round reference that will ensure you earn a green thumb, one day at a time. Every date box contains a timely tip or chore to keep your garden on track all year long. You'll never miss a seed-starting, planting, fertilizing or pest-control date again -- and you'll gain plenty of inspiration and insight along the way.
I just bought these genius fabric potato pots and am very impressed. They're quite sturdy, and the velcro is tight, so there's no worry about it popping open. But later in the season when I want to check on my potatoes, I won't have to dig up a mound and disturb them. I'll just roll up the "window" and take a peek. Harvesting through the window should be a breeze, too. And the material will allow healthy air circulation to reach roots --and avoid unhealthy water retention.
Back on this list for a second year, Texas Tomato Cages have earned a permanent spot in my heart. After years of enduring flimsy, broken, blown-away supports, I purchased four of these and never looked back. They didn't even budge during two tropical storms that were strong enough to knock out my power, and that's saying something. Made of two pieces each with 6-inch anchoring stakes, they unfold in seconds and are tall enough to support mature plants. (The Ebay page looks a bit spartan, but they are 100% legit; it's where I bought mine.)
These tubes are a safe, effective and money-saving alternative to chemical spray pesticides. When mice use their treated cottony contents to build nests, the product gets on their fur, killing ticks that try to feed on them. Mice are the main hosts for young ticks early in the season, before they move on to us, so killing ticks before they mature is the best way to minimize or eliminate their population in your yard over summer. There are only two mouse nest-building windows per year (spring and mid-summer), so timing is crucial.
I received my first EarthBOX as a gift circa 2007, and bought a second a year later; I've been using them ever since, usually to grow extra tomatoes, but you can grow almost anything in them. They're self-watering (from the bottom, which helps prevent disease), self-feeding and can be easily wheeled around to chase the sun if your garden gets shady during the day. Expand the diagram to learn how they work.
Deters deer and other wildlife with a double-whammy of odor and taste. Dilute, mix and spray every 3-4 weeks for best results. Environmentally friendly and harmless to humans and wildlife.
This organic turfgrass fertilizer is made of activated sewage sludge, so you can imagine why it does such a fine job repelling deer. It's a good lawn fertilizer, too. You should apply only once or twice per season to avoid over-fertilizing, but you can fill jars with the product and tuck them into garden beds to continue chasing deer away.
This fertilizer serves double-duty by repelling deer with a fermented salmon-smell. It's really good for your plants, too.
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