Long Hill Garden Club of Trumbull, Connecticut

Helpful Hints - Page 2



A WARM LIGHT BULB TRAP FOR FLEAS
•Use a clip-on lamp with aluminum shade and a 25 watt bulb on a chair leg about 12 inches above a wide dish of sudsy water. The fleas will be drawn to the warmth of the lamp and try to hop to it, but will fall short and into the suds.
Homeowners with pets going on vacation my find this a good way to cope with flea larvae hatching out while they are away. This is much safer than bug sprays, fumigants and those hazardous year-round anti-flea drugs that make too many pets sick.
•Hull strawberries easily using a straw.
•Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.
•Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing them together again with a rubber band.
•Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.
•Add baby powder to your beach bag, as it gets sand off your skin easily,
•Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases.
•Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling. Or any of your long flower arranging items.
•A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant. Think flower arranging items that fit in a drinking cup
•Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles, just hook the spray handle over the bar.
•Create a window-box veggie patch using gutters.
http://ubloom.com/blog/2012/04/18/lilac-tips-leave-the-leafs-2/ This site has great information about the cutting and care of Lilacs. The reverse of what we all thought was the proper way!!
•Egg Shells: Place ground up egg shells in a travel mug with warm water and leave overnite to remove stains.
•Chop up egg shells coarsely and place around the perimeter of a protected plant and slugs will not crawl over the coarse surface to eat the plant. Also serves as a fertilizer.
•If you have swallows in the neighborhood bake the egg shells to destroy any bacteria and chop coarsely to fine, and place on platform, roof or flat stone for the swallows. They need the calcium to digest their food.
•When starting your seeds indoors, plant the seeds in the halves of eggshells, which are a good natural fertilizer. Crack the shells around the roots of the young plants when you plant them outdoors. If you want to revive an ailing houseplant, take some empty eggshells (an excellent source of calcium), dry them out in the oven and crush them into a powder. Add the powder to a small jug of water and then leave it for a day or so before pouring into the plant pots.