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Tips for Drying Laundry The Practical Herbalist Way

For fresh, clean laundry without all the chemical fragrance scent so many commercial dryer sheets contain, I use Dryer Hankies. What I like most about Dryer Hankies is their versatility. I can change the scents I use as best suits my family. During flea season, for instance, I like to use a few drops of Thuja (cedar) and lavender essential oils. The Thuja does a terrific job of repelling fleas and the lavender adds anti-bacterial protection to our linens. Orange and Tea tree make a refreshing combination for during and after illness. Rosemary and lavender or Rosemary and Ginger are another couple of combinations I've enjoyed.
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Easy Tips for Deer-Proofing Your Garden

Deer are graceful creatures to observe in natural settings. The romance wears off when you see the damage they've raked through your flower beds. As human habitation spreads more thickly, the deer's natural predators are being forced out, leaving our vegetarian garden predators in paradise--no enemies and plenty of well tended delicacies lovingly arranged for optimum dining. Deer particularly appreciate expensive, pampered plants like roses, turning the joys of gardening into an unpleasant war for the gardener.
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Sweet Gum Seed Pods as Slug and Snail Repellant

November and December are the time to gather organic slug and snail deterrent for next summer's garden. Autumn winds will have rattled the sweetgum trees and loosened their spiky seed pods to the ground. Homeowners are obliged to rake them up from walkways and lawns as they can trip up pedestrians. Why not save them to protect tender seedlings? Sweetgum trees are native to the southeastern states but are planted in Oregon as an ornamental landscape tree. The lovely five-pointed leaves turn red, orange, and burgundy in autumn. The seed pods, given unpleasant names such as "ankle turners" and "porcupine eggs," are problems for landowners. They cause lumps in the lawn as they don't decay quickly. These troublesome sticklers are treasures for organic gardens.
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Easy Tips for Ripening Green Tomatoes

Gardeners become desperate to salvage their crops as autumn lowers the thermostat. While the daytime temperatures are warm enough to ripen tomatoes, nighttime temperatures threaten developing fruit. These crops aren't doomed to rot as many backyard horticulturists fear. A few simple steps can be taken to ripen green tomatoes.
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Natural Tips for a Wire Worm-Free Garden

Wire worms love fleshy roots like potatoes, radishes, parsnips, and carrots. They don't usually kill a plant but will leave a gardener's labor of love riddled with holes and nicks that are only discovered after those tasty root crops are pulled from the ground. Some damage by these villains can be mistaken for slug or snail damage but remember, slugs and snails are surface feeders. Holes in produce occurring underground are from voracious wire worms, the larvae of the click beetle. Organic gardeners have an advantage over the conventional gardener since the click beetles are notorious for their rapid recovery rate from chemical pesticides. These thin, yellowish grubs leave behind veggies that can be salvaged by cutting out the damage in the kitchen. The best prevention of wire worm damage starts in the seed bed.
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