Home and Garden Remedy Solutions
  Home Remedies ranging from plant fertilizers to natural weed killers and home maintenance solutions and repair tips.  
Don't pay more for chemical products when you can achieve the same results the natural way.

1. Asphalt Stains
Coke:  To remove oil stains from driveways pour a coke on the stain. The highly acidic drink will eat away at the stain until it disappears. 

2. Concrete Stains
Pour vinegar over the stain and watch them disappear. 

3. Cut Flowers Fertilizer 
Extend the life of cut flowers by adding a few drops of bleach in water.    
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons sugar and add to water in a vase. Replace solution every few days. 

4. Early Spring Seedlings
Egg Cartons
Use egg cartons to start garden seeds. (Styrofoam cartons work best.) 

To speed up germination of flower seeds (woody seeds, moonflower, passionflower, morning glory, and gourds) lightly rub them between two sheets of fine sandpaper then soak them overnight in 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1-pint warm water. Next day, remove seeds from solutions and rinse then plant. (herbs, vegetable seeds) use the same solution but don't rub with sandpaper. 

5. Fertilizers 
Coffee Grounds
Save coffee grounds and pour into gardens, flower beds and anywhere you want the grass to grow. Coffee grounds are full of nutrients and vitamins that are very beneficial to the soil. 

Flat Beer
After a picnic or party empty beer cans into flower bed or garden. The nutrients in the beer will give plants a boost. 

Egg Shells
Fertilize plants with dried crushed egg shells soaked in water overnight then pour eggshell mixture over and around garden plants.                                                                                                                
6. Ferns infested with Worms 
Water ferns with lukewarm water and place a match head into the soil around the plant. The sulfur will drive worms away. 

7. Geranium Food 
Take a potato and cut a hole in the center to insert plant roots into it. Then bury potato and plant into the soil. Potatoes contain nutrients that geraniums love. 

8. Garden Critter Repellents 
Put 3 to 4 slices of cucumber in a small tin pan and place in the garden to keep critters out. The smell of cucumbers soaking in water repels small critters. Replace cucumber and water solution every couple of days.                
Flour, Cayenne Pepper, Powdered Mustard, Vinegar, Water
Mix 1/3 cup of flour with 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons powdered mustard and 4 cups vinegar. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and apply solution around the garden to keep cats and squirrels away from plants. 

9. Keep Critters out of the Trash 
Spray garbage cans with 1 part ammonia to 1 part water.  

10. Increase Soil Acidity 
Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 4 liters of water and use the mixture to water plants. Plants prefer acidic soil such as rhododendrons, azaleas, and heather. 

Plant basil and tansy around your deck to keep the mosquitoes away.             
Essential Oils
Many essential oils are very effective as mosquito repellents.  

12. Plant Food 
Club Soda
Water plants with club soda once in a while to feed plants.            
Tea Bags
Nurture houseplants by placing tea bags at the bottom of the pot for healthy full plants.

13. Pepper Plant Food 
Matches and Epsom Salt
Fertilize your pepper plants by burying the heads of matches near each plant. Sulfur is a great fertilizer for peppers. Water peppers with 2 tablespoons, Epsom salt added to 1/2-gallon water after the plant starts to bloom. 

14. Preparing Garden before Winter
Cut down with a lawn mower and place several layers of newspaper over the entire area and saturate with water. Next Spring the garden will be weed free and ready for planting. 

15. Sign it's time to Water your Garden 
Don't over water your garden! 
Stick into the soil a paint stick or pencil and if it comes out clean it's time to water. (Best time to water is in the morning or evening to prevent evaporation from the sun.)

16. Weed Killers 
Pour or spray vinegar directly on weeds to kill them for weeks if not permanently. If weeds do grow back they're far less in number before treatment.      
Vinegar, Salt, Dish Soap
For difficult to kill weeds mix 2 cups of vinegar with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon liquid soap and spray or pour onto weeds. 

17. Weed Prevention 
Line gardens and flower beds with newspaper then cover with soil. Cheap and it works! 

18. Ant Removal Remedies 

  • Ants and Slugs won't go near chalk! So draw a line across doorways or any other area you see them.
  • Drizzle a little vegetable oil near areas you want to keep ants from coming into. 
  • Grind a lemon or orange peels then add water and pour around areas where ants found. 
  • Use duct tape to prevent ants from entering by placing sticky side up where they're entering.
  • Ants dislike peppermint and clove! So apply some oil onto cotton balls and place in areas where ant are seen to drive them away. 

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