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To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.
Dirt Under Fingernails
To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you'll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. Then, after you've finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.
Collecting plant material for indoor displays
Do you want to collect plant material for use in your Christmas indoor or outdoor display?
Carol Bergman, a MB flower farmer/arranger suggests that to keep greens such as cedar and pine fresh, put it in a plastic bag and leave it outside or in a very cold garage until you are ready to use it. It can be totally frozen and it won't harm the greens.
When cutting greenery for holiday arrangements, use clean, sharp cutters to cut, crush the ends of the woody stems promoting maximum amount of moisture absorption and immediately put cut ends into water until ready to use.
Red Lily Beetle
Start checking your lilies early in the spring for the emerging Red Lily Beetle. Later, their bright orange eggs are also really easy to spot.
How are your tomatoes doing this year? Are the leaves getting discoloured? Check out this article by Sage Garden Tomato Blight
Starting Seeds Indoors
Thinking of starting seeds indoor? Here is a great article by Getty Stewart on Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors . She has developed a handy guide for right here in Manitoba on when to start your vegetable seeds. She also has information on providing the right growing conditions for your little seedlings.
Are you getting ready to plant your cold-weather seeds (peas, radishes, lettuces, spinach etc)? Put aside some of your excess seeds, mark your calendar for the third week in July and plant these again for a later crop.
Transplanting Tomatoes and Peppers
How deep can you plant your tomato and pepper seedlings when transplanting? Completely bury them up to their first true leaves and they should generate additional roots quite quickly.