16. Plant lemongrass as a natural way to keep mosquitoes away.
Buy a mature plant from an Asian market or grocery store. When you get it home, trim the tops of the plant and remove any dead parts. Plant it in a clear jar of water and place on a sunny windowsill. Within a few weeks, it will develop roots and can be transplanted to your garden.
22. Repurpose your tree stumps.
Turn one into a table, a planter, or just cover it in moss and flowers to make it look pretty.
27. Sugar water or apple juice in a milk jug will trap bees, wasps, and hornets.
There are plenty of reasons NOT to kill these creatures, but if someone’s allergic to stings or you need a way to deal with them without using chemicals, here’s an easy method. Fill with sweet sugar water and cut a small slit into the side. They won’t be able to escape.
28. Epsom salts make the best and easiest fertilizer.
It’s considered the secret to a lovely, lush garden. For potted plants, dissolve 2 tablespoons of epsom salts per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for normal watering at least once a month. Or sprinkle it into the soil before planting seeds.
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