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NATURAL GARDEN TRELLIS

Okay so I do not know about you but being a single mother I have to find every way I can to budget. So when I was thinking of ideas for my garden trellis I was not willing to blow $100 plus dollars on my garden trellis, especially since I am renting.

Therefore the idea came to mind that I should just collect sticks, buy some twine & create my own natural garden trellis.

Sticks collected for Natural  Garden Trellis...

Sticks collected for Natural Garden Trellis…

So I took my son out for a field trip to the local park & we looked for fallen sticks. It was just our luck that we had a huge storm here in Glendale the previous week, so tons of nice sticks & branches were there waiting for us to harvest them :).

My so asked me why we were collecting these sticks. And so I explained to him that we were harvesting these sticks so we can build our own trellis to support the plants in the garden.

When we got home I decided to make an art project out of our field trip. So I drew a garden bed & pulled out some popsicle sticks and glue & showed him what a trellis looked like. e had so much fun, he even painted the trellis a little.

Kids project for Natural Trellis demonstration

Kids project for Natural Trellis demonstration

So what I did was cut down the branches to fit nicely along the East fence for the Trellis. I had to make sure to cut off the little arms on the branches so the sticks were branch-free. Then I went to Home Depot & bought a spool of twine for about $3 bucks. And wrapped the branches with rows of twine. All the while making sure the twine rows were taut so they will support the vines that will grow around them.

Natural Garden Trellis with Harvested branches & sticks...

Natural Garden Trellis with Harvested branches & sticks…

See pretty cute huh! So all in all I managed to create a fun field trip for my 3 year old son, created a fun art project & made a Natural Trellis for only a few bucks for the garden… Not bad at all…

HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THE CATS USING THE GRDEN AS A LITTER BOX?

Okay so I’m not sure if any of you are or have had these problems, but my kitty seems to think that my garden is a lush litter box specifically made just for him :(

This is a huge problem as cat feces can spread disease throughout the garden. Even though cat feces contain nitrogen, phosphate and potash, which are fertilizers, it does not mean it is safe for the vegetation growing in the garden or for the consumption of the vegetation.

Solutions

1-Sprinkle red pepper or cayenne pepper in the gardens to detour the cats from wanting to excrete in those spots. Cats are just like dogs, they need to smell the soil and find just the right place. If the ground is covered with hot pepper powder, the kitties will not like these spots. But the problem with this is that the pepper powder does not last long so you have to reapply.

Hot Pepper Powder

“Organic” Hot Pepper powders

2-Get some fine wire mesh & cover the ground floor with it. IF kitties cannot bury their feces they will find another spot that they can bury in!

Cat Repellent

Thin wire Mesh!

So I had tried option one, all to no luck my kitty was persistent on going in the garden. So Lastly I had to try the wire mesh idea & wa’la no more using the garden as a little box.

It’s not very expensive and if there are plants already growing just cut a hole big enough so plant does not get damaged by the sharp edges & lay down. I placed a few rocks on the edges to keep them in place.

The tools you need is a bundle of thin wire mesh, a tape measure & cutting sheers. Its so easy I’m very confident that you could set it up with an ease…

 

SQUASH BUGS & THEIR EVIL TRUTH…

Another day in the garden just minding my own business looking with pride on the green stalks that stood proudly in front of my eyes…and there I thought my garden was finally coming together and then BLAM! Squash bugs had completely infested my garden.

Squash Bugs

The sad thing was that I could have stopped these evil invaders sooner, had I known just what they were. I remember looking over the garden one day and seeing these beetle looking creatures. And in my head I thought, “Oh look beetles have visited my garden… maybe they will help with the ant problem.”

And then about a week or so later my squash plants were completely covered in these pests after a nice evening watering. Then it dawned on me, “These guys are no good! What should I do?”

"The Evil Doers"

“The Evil Doers”

So I posted on the local gardeners page I’m a member of on Facebook, looking for some sort of answers.

Squash bug eggs

“YOU HAVE SQUASH BUGS!” is the response I got. So I did some research and learned that these bugs have been problematic for years now for farmers & gardeners http://www.almanac.com/content/squash-bug. Then I read over and over on various pages that these squash bugs were really hard to rid.

However I did find these remedies/cures what ever you wanna call these, however I’m gonna call these¬†“Population Control”

1-Neem Oil-The spraying of Neem oil, either by itself or mixed with water as a solution seems to be the most curative form of riding an infestation of squash bugs. Neem oil not only smothers the evil doers, but slows their feeding habits reducing their reproduction of the stiff they ingest.

2-Diatomaceous Earth-sprinkle this earth powder in your garden, around your yard every few weeks or so. Do not worry about getting this stuff on your plants as it washes away & is non-toxic. Quick fix while planting mix- Mix in diatomaceous earth with the dirt around the seeds. This will keep the bugs away

3-Dice up onions & garlic. Soak over night in water. Save the fluids & discard the pulp. Next take the solution and place on the ground around the plants making sure not to touch the solution on the leaves or stalks(as this solution can be fatal and burn the plant).

So even though it was too late for my garden, I will know next season what to do do & how to prevent the bastards from taking over my plants once again! And hopefully you too will be saved the heart ache & disappointment from the destruction these bugs havoc!

 

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