Archive for Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

November 10, 2010

So many of us no longer able to tend a big garden enjoy our patio container gardens. Just can’t give up that digging in the dirt, I guess. And what’s better than a fresh tomato right off the vine?

However, they tell us that those pesky little aphids, etc., have become resistant to commercial sprays and such. I have received a hint twice in just a couple of days. Both of these girls say it works the very first time and it works on much more than our tomatoes.

This from Gwen in Colorado. She says: “Since the environment is of such importance these days, I was intrigued with a new recipe I got from an elderly friend. Visiting her yard, I couldn’t believe the grape arbor. Grapes hung in beautiful clusters free of any spots or blemishes.

“Seeing my amazement, she gave me this recipe, handed down to her in the early 1990s. Cut or slightly mash six cloves of garlic, then put them in one gallon of water and bring it to a boil. Strain it and put in a spray bottle. Spray your whole garden frequently, under and over the leaves. Just mist the whole plant.”

Her garden was a beautiful sight.

Now Phyllis tells me it works just as well using garlic powder and adding dish soap to the water.

Phyllis starts with just an empty quart spray bottle, puts a teaspoon of garlic powder into the bottle first, fills it with tap water, then shakes it well. Next, add just a drop of Dawn dish soap. She especially loves it on her roses.

Thanks very much to both of you. I, and many of you, I’m sure, will be trying it next year.

Bye for now. Let’s all keep our elected officials in our prayers. This world is in such a mess, really. Only God can straighten it all out.

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