Terri O preps for spring planting

To test your soil:
1. Add about 1 cup of your soil to a container such as a glass mason jar
2. Add a 1/2 cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or gets fizzy like soda it's alkaline.

If there is no reaction....
1. Add another cup of soil into another container.
2. Add a half cup of water and mix, then add a half cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzes your soil is acidic.

If you soil is acidic you can add wood ash or lime, if it's alkaline add sulfur or pine needles.
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All natural Aphid spray:
Start with 1-2 teaspoons of dish soap to one gallon of water. Don't spray in the hot sun!
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Greener indoor plants and healthy roses:
1 teaspoon of Epsom salt to one gallon of water. Mist and water your plants once a month. For Roses, tomatoes and peppers work 1/2 cup into the soil and water. Epsom salt helps encourage growth! Be sure to test your soil first!
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Natural weed killer:
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray directly onto the weeds. Remember that anything else nearby in the path of the spray will die too. To help make the vinegar stick add a couple drops of dish soap.
Sprinkle baking soda around garden to keep weeds from spreading.
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Seed starter:
Use an old cupcake tin. Add cupcake paper and fill with WET soil. Plant your seeds and wait for them to sprout!

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