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Why Didn't I Think of That
published by The Wimmer Companies, Inc
ISBN 1-882232-15-1

: If you want to keep your ferns bright green, dose them with : one teaspoon ammonia to one quart of water.

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: If you want to get rid of moles in your garden, place coffee : grounds in their runs.

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: To get rid of unwanted grass on your patio or walkway, : sprinkle table salt between the stones and/or bricks.

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: Place a little green sage or black pepper in the haunts of : ants to drive them from your garden.

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: Ants will not cross a chalk drawn line.

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: Sprinkle lime around hydrangeas for pink colored one, one : tablespoon of aluminum sulfate for blue colored ones.

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: Place potted plants beneath your hanging baskets at watering : time to catch the drips.

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: Water your hanging baskets with ice cubes and dispense with : any dripping.

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: Use a piece of cotton or soft cloth dampened with milk to : clean leaves on plants.

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: Place a bit of salt in a vase of fresh flowers to keep them : perky longer. Use a salt and vinegar solution to clean the : vase.

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: Tomato plants and other garden vegetables thrive if you rake : up grass clippings and weeds and put them around the plants : for mulch during dry weather.

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: Azaleas thrive if you spray them every three weeks with a : solution of one teaspoon ammonia to one gallon of water.

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: Recycle your old hot water bottles. Stuff them with old : nylons, press out all the air, screw in the stopper and use : as a kneeling pad while gardening.

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: Save plastic bread wrappers; slit them down the middle, fold : into strips and staple or tie the ends and use to tie up : your tomato plants. The strips are soft, pliable and also : weather resistant.

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: A little vinegar in water when watering house plants will : keep the soil sweet and slightly on the acid side preferred : by most plants.

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: To kill weeds and grass between your patio bricks, douse : them with ammonia.

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: Rose bush slips will take root if you stick the stem into a : white potato.

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: Sprinkle Epsom salts around your gardenias roots for longer : blooming blossoms.

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: Plants sometimes like something besides water. A little : leftover tea in the saucer of an African violet plant will : produce sensational results and geraniums respond : dramatically to watering with beer.

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: If you have nematodes in your garden, plant marigolds : between your tomato, bean and other plants.

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: To keep house plants green, pour a mixture of one teaspoon : household ammonia to one quart of water over the foliage : once a month.

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: If potted plants become chilled, sprinkle with cold water : until wet, then keep away from heat until thoroughly warmed.

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: Wasps will relocate if you place a few moth balls in an open : container near their nests.

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: Mothballs sprinkled near tomato plants and other fruits will : keep squirrels and rabbits away.

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: Stamp a few mothballs into the ground around your flower : beds, and dogs will avoid them.

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: To keep house plants greener, add a few drops of castor oil : to the soil every six weeks.

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: Pour the water from boiled eggs on your African violets; : they thrive on the extra calcium.

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Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 12-05-94

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