As your spring garden stretches and unfurls, more intense heat and cute but oh-so-pesky garden pests are also making their timely appearances.
Here are a few of my favorite garden hacks to keep your spring edibles producing abundantly.
1. Upcycle Wine Bottles
Upcycle old wine or fancy water bottles by filling them with H2O and inserting them upside down in the soil to provide your plants’ roots with just the right amount of moisture. The bottle will create a vacuum so that it only waters at the rate at which the soil dries. I like to find beautiful cobalt blue and olive green bottles and remove the labels (another project in itself) so that these functional pieces add an interesting artistic touch to the garden as well.
2. Pick Out the Pests
In order to keep up with leaf-munching insects while avoiding insecticides (even the natural ones), take the Zen monk approach and simply do a little up-close garden appreciation stroll daily.
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