Berks County Horticulture Club

flowersHelpful Hints

When cleaning fruits and vegetables, special soaps or washes are not needed and could be harmful to you, depending on their ingredients. Read the label carefully or use plain water and a scrub brush!

Never refrigerate tomatoes (unless they have been cut) and never ripen a tomato on the patio in full sun (tomatoes actually ripen at night-- they are members of the nightshade family). Set them on the kitchen counter where they will be very happy.

Potatoes should never be refrigerated-- their starch turns to sugar when kept at cold temperatures.

When it is time to de-ice your sidewalk, steps, and driveways that have plants close-by, look for alternatives to salt, such as coarse sand. If you opt for a chemical deicer, find one that is potassium or calcium based.

Websites that may interest you

Ideas for decorating the garden:
http://www.woohome.com/garden-2/34-easy-and-cheap-diy-art-projects-to-dress-up-your-garden

http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/diy-ideas-for-creating-cool-garden-or-yard-brick-projects

http://www.designrulz.com/design/2015/01/diy-40-ideas-gardening-recycled-items/

Ladybird Johnson Wilflower Center data base of native plants:
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/

Info on deer damage:
http://www.plna.com/page/Pests_Deer

USDA Plant database:
https://plants.usda.gov/java/

Wildlife Friendly Alternatives to Lawns:
http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/wildlife/landscaping-for-wildlife/pa-wildlife-5

 

 

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