Christina’s Household Hints: Around the Garden


By Christina Shoup

Now that spring is here, we start to spend more time outside. Try taking a walk through your yard and plan improvements from the prevous year. I am far from a master gardner, but I do have a few helpful tips for working outside this spring.

• Remove salt deposits from clay pots before reusing by combining equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water in a spray bottle. Spray the pot all over, scrub with a brush and let dry.

• Make a convenient and practical garden twine holder. Put the ball of twine into a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole, place it upside down in your garden.

• Prevent cord from jamming in your trimmer by spraying the new string with oil before installing in your trimmer.

• Create unique plant markers and get your kids excited about the coming seedling. Collect flat rocks and decorate them with permanent marker or non-toxic paint to mark and label rows. Or, laminate your seed packages with packing tape or clear contact paper and staple them to thin wooden stakes to stick in the garden beds. Or, instead of using the seed packages, do the same with hand-made labels and drawings by you or your children.

Whether you are a gardener or not, enjoy this wonderful time of the year outside. Happy Spring!