Polystyrene protects plants from winter cold

If you want to protect plants from winter cold and drying out, use polystyrene shield for the potted plants. Rapidly fluctuating temperatures from cold to hot and back can cause significant injury to roots. Place a piece of polystyrene under the pot. It helps against  the cold window sill or overheated surfaces caused by the excessive heating during winter months.

 

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How to root cuttings with natural stimulants

Use natural stimulants to promote root growth in plants.

Here are some ideas how to root cuttings.
1. Potatoes. A potatoe contains many nutrients. For rooting take a large potato. Make a cut and insert the cutting into it. Spray the plant every day.
2. Willow water. Cut some willow twigs and put them in a container with water. Wait until roots appear, then remove the twigs and put the new cutting in this water.
3. Aloe. Add 3-7 drops of fresh aloe juice in water (100 ml). Aloe juice accelerates the growth of roots of transplants, because it contains substances that enhances the cell growth.
4. Banana water. Cut banana peels into pieces, fill them with water and let them brew. Use this water for rooting the day after.
5. Yeast. Mix 100 mg of yeast with 1 liter of water and soak your cuttings for 24 hours. Then plant as you normally would.
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A quick fertilizer for houseplants

Banana peels is a very quick fertilizer for houseplants! If you need to restore a dying plant, this fertilizer will help you very effectively. Pour peels with water and let them stand for a day. After that you can use banana peels again.

If bananas are spoiled and formed dark spots, you can use them for plants. Mash banana with a fork and mix it with a glass of water. Mix thoroughly and let it stand for a bit. Then pour the plant. Attention! Do not use bananas with mold! Take away all flesh pieces.

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Keeping cut flowers fresh

The water in the vase with cut flowers will remain fresh and clean, if you put a piece of charcoal for grilling in it. Charcoal prevents the growth of bacteria and removes unpleasant odors.

Instead of charcoal for grilling, you can use a weak solution of potassium permanganate.

After use, rinse the vase with the solution of warm water and vinegar. Vinegar is the most effective way to kill bacteria, fungal spores and microorganisms.

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How to get rid of fruit flies

Fruit flies love moisture, are especially attracted to ripened and rotting fruits and food leftovers.

  • Make a trap. Sugar water helps to get rid of fruit flies. Take a bowl with hot water, pour some sugar in it, then put two tablespoons of white vinegar or apple vinegar and mix everything. Vinegar’s fragrance attracts fruit flies. The fruit flies fly in and drown.
  • Bag up all rotting fruits and vegetables and take the bag outside to the trash.
  • Always cover sweet fruit bowl or store fruit in the plastic fruit bowl with a net.
  • Don’t leave crumbs around the table.
  • Remove any leftover and clean your dishes after each meal.
  • Don’t over water plants. Remove dead leaves and other decaying stuff from the top of the soil.

 

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Repotting a plant: Water the plant the day before transplanting

Do not water the plant before transplanting, because dry soil removes easier. Best water the plant the day before transplanting.

1. Remove the plant from the pot gently and free the roots from the substrate.

2. Cut away dead or rotted roots. Put some drainage to the bottom of the pot before repotting.

3. With slight rotating movements, set the plant in its new pot and fill it with substrate.

4. Gently shake the pot so that the substrate may settle. Add a little more soil, if necessary.

Do not water directly after repotting. Wait a few days, then water thoroughly.

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How to clean artificial flowers

Lots of people cannot enjoy the freshness and scent of real flowers. Artificial flowers is a good solution in such case. But, you need to keep artificial flowers dust free and clean them.

The best way to clean artificial flowers is to place them with four or five tablespoons of salt in a plastic bag. Shake the bag gently a few times back and forth and take out the flowers again. The grains of salt remove dust and dirt well.

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Vitamins in winter: fresh garden cress

Nutrition professionals recommend eating fresh fruits and vegetables especially in winter months. Garden cress is an important source of vitamins C, B1, B6, E and A as well as minerals iron, folic acid and calcium. Garden cress improves your digestion, sleeps disorder, stimulates appetite, helps to increase the hemoglobin level, and boosts your immune system.

Garden cress is a fast-growing plant and can be grown all the year around on a windowsill. Garden cress can be added to soups, sandwiches and salads.

How to grow Garden cress on the windowsill?

You will need:

  1. Garden cress seeds
  2. Moist paper towel or facial tissue
  3. Water

Sprinkle daily. Garden cress prefers moisture. In 6-8 days, the plant can be carefully cut with scissors. It makes an excellent addition to salads and sandwiches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip: Children like gardening. Garden cress germinates very quickly. It can be a great growing project for young children.

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