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Try this for your Roses:

1 Tblsp. of baking soda with
1 tsp. of dishwashing detergent
 to 1 gallon of water.
Mix together and spray on roses early in the morning once a week until disease has disappeared.  Cover tops and bottoms thoroughly. Keep fallen leaves removed.

Accelerate the germination of grass seeds. Mix two tablespoons of cold, strong brewed Lipton tea into each pound of seed, cover, and set in the refrigerator for five days. Before sowing, spread the seed to dry for a day or two on newspapers on the garage or basement floor.

Always use good potting mix to pot your plants. Using this instead of general soil from garden gives your plants plenty of oxygen in the soil. Add some sugar to mix also.

BAKING SODA: Baking soda can be used to ward off black spot,
 a terrible fungus that usually hits roses by late spring. The most effective recipe I’ve found is the Cornell one which is:

Be creative when it comes to containers. Some possibilities: Egg cartons; use to start plants.

BEER: Beer is an old time favorite for getting rid of slugs and snails. This is how you do it. Place the beer (it doesn’t matter what brand) in either shallow pans or cut down some paper cups to about 1” tall. The pests will crawl into the pans or cups and drown themselves.

BUTTERMILK: So you think that buttermilk is just a method for helping pots get that aged look or for getting moss to grow? Well, think again. For those pesky mites, the teeny tiny, reddish insects  that you can barely see with the naked  eye (but that can do tremendous damage to a plant in what seems like no time at all causing yellow foliage and twisted leaf tips), here is a homemade formula that is sure to solve your mite problem.
Mix ½ Cup of buttermilk with 4 cups of wheat flour and 5 gallons of water.  Strain this mixture through cheesecloth.  Spray it onto the diseased plants. It will kill all of the mites and their eggs.

Cardboard boxes; use on a temporary basis for short-lived plants.

Cartons: Cracked mugs and bowls; use on the bottom of containers for good drainage.

CASTOR OIL: Castor Oil sprays are sold in garden centres as a solution to get rid of groundhogs and deer. I would be tempted to go to a pharmacy or health food store buy a bottle of castor oil and dilute with water and then spray on affected areas to see if it works.

Clean pots before re-potting, rinse with Vinegar to remove excess lime. 

Cracked mugs and bowls; use on the bottom of containers for good drainage.

Don't over water. Buy a gauge to measure the rain your lawn gets.

Egg cartons: use to start plants.

Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons Vinegar and 1 teaspoon Sugar for each quart of water. 

GARLIC a combination of 1 chopped garlic bulb and 1 Tblsp. of cayenne pepper steeped   in 1 quart of water creates a mixture that will help keep cats and dogs out of the garden. Add 1 tsp. of liquid dishwashing soap to help this spicy combination adhere to the plant. Strain the portion that you're going to use and then spray on the leaves. The remainder of the formula can remain fresh in the fridge for several weeks.

Getting ready to plant a small garden? Soak seeds in water overnight before planting and they will germinate much faster.

Grow beautiful azaleas: Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons Vinegar to one quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil. 

HOT JALAPENO PEPPERS: Plant jalapeno peppers within 4” from
 the area of invading moles & rabbits.

If you go purchase Vinegar, 10% acidity, 20% acid would be better, and spray it on the weeds in the heat of the full sun; you will have an effective weed killer. Roses love crushed egg shells. They help keep snails out of the garden.

Increase soil acidity. In hard water areas, add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of tap water for watering acid loving plants like rhododendrons, gardenias, or azaleas.

Invigorate house plants. Water ferns and other houseplants once a week with a weak, tepid brewed Lipton tea.

Keep Cactus plants out of the way of children and pets.

Keep swing sets clean and in good working order or remove them.

Keep your yard picked up and mowed so that any sharp objects can be spotted and removed.

Kill grass on walks and driveways.

Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved. 

Kneel on a stack of old newspapers to cushion your knees while gardening.

Landscape with plants need less water.

Make sure your sprinkler system isn't watering the sidewalk, driveway or street.

Most houseplants only need to be watered once a week. Pick a day of the week for watering and fertilize with a plant food spike every 60 days.

Mulch plants well to retain moisture.

Neutralize garden lime. Rinse your hands liberally with Vinegar after working with garden lime to avoid rough and flaking skin.

 Newspaper Weeds Away: Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants, overlapping as you go, cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

No flowers on your Gardenias - use Epson Salts.

Old shoes, cute for ornamentals.

Old tyres: stacked them up, and filled with straw to grow potatoes, or use to transport soil, rocks, or water. Cut tiny holes and place by plants for drip irrigation.

Over-fertilization increases your lawn's need for watering. Don't over feed.

PEPPERMINT OIL & GRITS: Peppermint oil is a good deterrent for ants who have invaded your garden or home. You can either saturate cotton balls with the oil. Or you can mix it in a spray bottle with water and proceed to spray where needed. GRITS sprinkled in the garden are also supposed to be an effective way to kill off ants. Vinegar has become a well known organic way of eradicating weeds. Some people say that they're able to get rid of weeds merely by spraying household Vinegar on them. Others say that you need to buy a higher concentration of vinegar in order for it to be effective. My advice is to check one of the bottled organic Vinegar solutions at your garden center to see what concentration of Vinegar they're using. It wouldn’t hurt to add Lemon juice to your homemade weed killing formula either. Word has it that the combo of vinegar and lemon juice packs a big wallop for killing weeds.

Plant Marigolds in between your tomatoes to stop pests.

Plastic milk and ice cream containers; cut to size and add drainage holes, or use to transport soil, rocks, or water. Cut tiny holes and place by plants for drip irrigation.

Pour full strength on unwanted grass. 

Prolong the life of flowers in a vase. Add two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water.

Put a child safe fence around all ponds and water fountains.

Put a timer on your sprinklers so you don't forget to turn them off.

Research plants, shrubs and trees for toxins before using them for landscaping.

Roses love crushed egg shells. They help keep snails out of the garden.

RUBBING ALCOHOL: When in doubt, go to the medicine
 cabinet and get out the old rubbing alcohol. Soak a few cotton balls in
 the alcohol and rub on the infected area of your houseplant for such insects as: spider mites, aphids, slugs and whiteflies. It may take a few times before you successfully get rid of these pests, but eventually it does work. Rubbing alcohol is a 'must have' for gardeners.

Save money growing your own food. Get a jump on the gardening seasons by starting your plants indoors in potting soil placed in empty egg cartons.

Set a trash can with a lid in your yard for unexpected litter.

Set your lawnmower blades to 3 inches or higher to encourage you lawn to grow deeper roots and hold moisture better.

SUNLIGHT DISHWASHING LIQUID: Some swear that “Sunlight Dishwashing  Liquid” is the one remedy that works 100% of the time on mites. Mix 1 Tblsp. of Sunlight with 1 gallon of water.

Toss your roses a tea bag and blooms will be brighter and prettier.

Try using a child's wagon for hauling plants, pots, garden tools, mulch and other materials you need while working in the yard.

Use a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler system to better target the water to your plants.

Use an old trashcan for a compost container. Place holes in the bottom and a few in the sides, fill with old leaves, table scraps and such. Cover with the lid. No need for turning. Place in a convenient working area.

Use native plants for carefree landscaping when at all possible.

Use old mothballs can be scattered around the garden to prevent cats and rats.

Use water-saving filters in your pool.

USES FOR EGG SHELLS IN THE GARDEN: When egg shells are dry, crush them up and spread the pieces at the base of your plants. Slugs and snails won't crawl over the shards. If there’s enough of them-snakes won’t crawl over them either. Birds need finely crushed egg shell to help make their own egg shells hard and thick to protect the embryos as they develop. You can use them like this for seed starters .

VEGETABLE OIL: Believe it or not, if you mix 1 cup of
vegetable oil with 1 Tblsp. of dishwashing liquid and then take 1 Tblsp.  Of this concoction and mix it with 1 Cup of water, you now have a formula that will get rid of aphids. Aphids are very tiny insects that suck the sap from a plant, ultimately weakening it. If your leaves look curled and deformed, check their undersides closely and you may find a colony of aphids.

Vegetable or flower seeds can be started in Styrofoam or paper cups indoors in a sunny window and then planted outside in the cup by simply cutting the bottom half of the cup away and planting in a prepared location. Use an object such as a nail to make a single hole in the bottom of the cup for drainage and place a napkin or folded paper towel under the cup along the length of the hose, and lay along plants.

Visualize an objects potential as a planter before tossing it in the trash.

Water lawns during the time of day when temperature and wind speed are lowest to reduce evaporation.

WEED KILLERS:  Mix 1 gallon white Vinegar, 1 cup table salt, and 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid together and spray on weeds. To do so, remove approximately 2 cups of Vinegar from the jug, pour in the salt and dishwashing liquid, then return the 2 cups of vinegar to the jug. Close the lid and shake to mix. Transfer to a spray bottle (after shaking to mix the ingredients) as needed. It works as well, if not better, than Chemicals, but is much cheaper. Be careful, it will kill whatever you spray it on!

When starting your garden seedlings indoors, plant the seeds in egg shell halves. Simply crack the shells around the roots of your plants and transplant them outdoors. The shell is a natural fertilizer.

You can use bread ties to fasten a tomato plant to a stake or to tie up a vine.