OLD IRON NAILS
You need old, rusty nails for this rather than shiny new galavanised ones. The rust helps release iron, which is vital for ericaceous or acid-loving plants like azaleas and rhododendrons. Leave the nails in full a watering can for a few days then water your plants.
An alternative to rusty nails if you can’t find any. Add a brillo pad to the watering can for a few days until it turns nice and rusty. Then water ericaceous plants.
Keep plants watered while you’re away! Towels are very absorbent, so lay them down and soak with water. Place plant pots on top and the roots will draw the moisture up from the towel. You can do this with houseplants in the bath or patio pots in a big tray.
It’s not just humans that love beer – slugs are big fans too. Create beer traps to get rid of slugs without using pellets. Sink a cupful of beer into the soil so the rim sits at ground level. The slugs will be drawn to the beer, fall in and drown. Remember to remove the slugs in the morning and top-up the traps.
MUSCLE RELAXANT SPRAY
Keep cats out of the garden with smelly muscle relaxant. Dry out cold used teabags and spray them with the relaxant. The tea leaves absorb the strong smell which cats hate.
Place the teabags in borders where cats come into the garden. The smell should last a couple of weeks.
Stop the water in your cut flower vases from going green by adding a tot of vodka. It inhibits the bacteria growth that turns water green and rots your flower stems.