I’m a gardening pro and found the eight laziest ways to keep your plants alive – plus they’ll only cost you pennies

A GARDENING pro has shared eight of the easiest tips to keep your plants alive – and they’ll only set you back pennies.

Armen suggested using a tablespoon of cinnamon to keep pesky insects away, and a sponge at the bottom of your plant pots for a no-effort solution to watering.

Armen took to TikTok to share eight easy ways to look after your plants - including using cinnamon to ward off pesky insects

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Armen took to TikTok to share eight easy ways to look after your plants – including using cinnamon to ward off pesky insectsCredit: TikTok/@creative_explained
He also recommends using cellotape to remove spider mites from leaves, and leftover potato water to add key nutrients back into your soil.

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He also recommends using cellotape to remove spider mites from leaves, and leftover potato water to add key nutrients back into your soil.Credit: TikTok/@creative_explained

He also claimed keen gardeners can use cellotape to quickly remove spider mites from leaves.

Known online as @creative_explained, the content creator regularly shares life hacks and green-fingered tips with his 5.9 million followers.

In a new TikTok reel, he said: “Gardening hacks.

“If you put a sponge in the bottom of a pot it will act as a water reserve for your plants, keeping the soil nice and moist.

“Sprinkle cinnamon on the soil to keep ants away and stimulate root growth!

“Misting your plants with chamomile tea will boost their growth and prevent diseases on the leaves.

“If you want your plants to bloom, sprinkle some Epsom salt on the soil.

“To quickly remove bugs off leaves, just wrap some tape around your hand and then just tap away.

“Check this out…dead on contact. Sorry spider mites.

“After you’ve done boiling potatoes, all that water is packed with nutrients.

“Don’t dump it out. Save it and use it to fertilize your plants!

“Clone your plants with honey! Just get a clipping, cut the bottom at an angle, dip it in the honey and plant it in soil. done.

“Put a whole egg in the hole next time you plant something – it’ll enrich the soil.”

Fans loved his quick, green-fingered tips, with the video gaining more than 32,500 likes and 344,400 views.

In the comments, other TikTokkers shared their reactions, with one writing: “So many ideas!”

“Okay the cinnamon and epsom salt are true and will work. They are not long term like everything in this video, but it works,” another commented.

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A third added: “I love this guy! He has all kinds of tricks for plants and stuff.”

Someone else put: “Constantly learning. Love your info. I use it offensive.”

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Get ready for No-Mow May

Bugleweed spreads in dense mats help turn a turfgrass lawn into a friendlier place for pollinators.

For about eight weeks, from early March as the snow is melting to the beginning of summer, the annual springtime resurrection of the landscape passes as a blur for those of us who work in the green industry. With more work to do than anyone can expect to fit in a day, spring is equal parts exhilarating and exhausting for gardeners. As we try to keep our heads above water, one of my favorite gardening trends of the last five or 10 years gives some welcome relief.

“No-Mow May” is a relatively simple concept with big implications. Don’t mow your lawn for the month so your landscape can better support early season pollinators. A mowing pause allows lawn “weeds” like henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), white clover (Trifolium repens), or creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) to flower, providing nectar and pollen sources for bees and other pollinators.

There are more than 40 million acres of irrigated turf grass across the country. For many native insects, especially pollinators who rely on flowering plants, that area may as well be desert. Scratch that. Deserts are way too biodiverse to compare to managed turfgrass. Those 40 million acres of lawn may as well be asphalt. Worse, considering the amount of pesticides dumped on turfgrass each year (an estimated five to seven pounds per acre according to the University of Massachusetts), those 40 million acres are really more like superfund sites if you’re an insect. Recent legislation to curb pesticide usage in the commonwealth limits the use of neonics, a specific class of systemic pesticides that make flowering plants toxic to the insects that depend on them. While this moves the state in the right direction, there’s more work to do to convince the average landowner that there is a better way to manage a lawn. No-Mow May is a great way to support the effort, diversify our landscapes, and make our yards better habitat for beneficial insects.

I’ve been practicing No-Mow May since I first bought my house in 2013. The previous homeowner planted bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) as a groundcover in a garden bed adjacent to the sidewalk. Bugleweed, a European plant species in the mint family, forms a dense mat of evergreen foliage. It’s a great groundcover for those who have the space to let it spread and there are many cultivated forms available at local garden centers. The bugleweed in my garden escaped the bed where it was planted and started spreading through the lawn in front of my house. That first spring, I let the bugleweed flower in the lawn, carefully mowing around its purple flowers and letting the honeybees from the farm down the street do their thing. The bugleweed spreads a little every year, outcompeting the turfgrass. Ten years later, my family enjoys a huge spring carpet of color, and I enjoy spending less time mowing at the height of spring.

My approach to No-Mow May might not be for everyone, but luckily there are many different options for those who

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Bloom Fest and Gardening Tips | News

BILLIGNS, Mont. – As the Roots Garden Center prepares for their third annual Bloom Fest this Saturday, the team there is busy setting out new shipments of plants, bulbs, garden tools, and just about anything else that relates to what you would need to get your landscape in tip -top condition.

They’re also busy answering questions from customers about what this recent weather swing in south-central Montana is going to do to their existing plants.

“‘Can I plant? What can I plant? How do I protect the things that I’ve already planted?’ Those are the three main questions that we’re getting,” explained co-owner, Jon Switzer. “As it gets down to below 30, potentially in the next couple of days, it’s not the end of the world for most plants. What can happen is that plants can get a little crispy from that because they’ll get some frosting on them .There’s frost blankets for that so we have that as an option.You can also pull stuff inside at night.The ground itself, too, is probably hovering around a constant 45 degrees right now and so plants are safe in the ground.”

A lot of gardening and landscaping is trial and error. And that’s ok. But Jon is emphatic about one specific spring faux pas.

“Don’t turn on your sprinklers yet,” Jon proclaimed loudly. “That’s one thing to know. The ground has enough saturation, we have enough water for a little while and we’ve still got some freezing temps. So particularly if you have some exposed pipes that come right out of the house, that’s the part that’s at risk. Those things can create a lot of damage. A lot of people are like oh my gosh the sun is out, we just had an 80 degree day, we need to turn on the sprinklers…it’s ok. Stuff has enough water in the ground to be pulled from it.”

If you’d like to ask Jon and his team more questions, or check out the 2023 edition of Bloom Fest at Roots Garden Center in Billings, you can head over this Saturday, April 15, from 9 am to 5 pm They will have more than 30 small business owners and hands, 4 food trucks, and thousands of blooms to choose from.


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Feeling stressed? Gardening might help

SAN ANTONIO – When people ask me why I love gardening? My answer is always, “It’s my escape.”

Whether I’m rushing out to get to work or letting my dogs outside, I love opening my front door and stepping out and seeing my flower garden for that brief moment.

It gives me a sense of peace, almost reminding me to take a deep breath. Another favorite part of mine is that it’s one-on-one time with nature.

I love discovering the Monarchs and caterpillars, to the family of toads living in my plants.

Science shows that gardening or just spending time in a garden or with plants doesn’t just reduce stress, but it also has several benefits for your mental health.

Texas A&M AgriLife experts say it can help fight depression, anxiety, ADD, PTSD, promote creativity, reduce the effects of dementia and even boost your self-esteem.

One study showed participants found spending time gardening just twice a week for an hour to an hour and a half helped them with their mental health.

So here is the good news. You don’t even have to be an experienced gardener or have a garden. Researchers say this is because just being in a garden helps you relax, by being in such a beautiful and tranquil place. It makes you feel peaceful in your mind and soul.

But why does being around plants make us feel good? A study out of Florida suggests the answer might be found in the important role of plants in human evolution and the rise of civilization.

The study says as a species, we may be innately attracted to plants because we depend on them for food, shelter and other means of our survival.

If you are a beginner gardener and want some tips on soil, how to plant a veggie garden or pollinator garden, check out the Gardening with KSAT segments here.

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River City Harvest offers spring gardening and planting advice

GREAT FALLS — If you plan to get out and garden this spring, the folks with River City Harvest (link) in Great Falls are a good source of information.

Treasurer Janel Kresowski is an avid gardener.

“It’s so relaxing. The garden is a happy place. You can just come and kind of lose yourself in the dirt and the plants and it’s such a good feeling when you get to harvest,” Kresowski said when asked why he likes gardening.

River City Harvest is a nonprofit that oversees several gardens in Great Falls, including Park Place Garden where the interview for this story took place.

If you’re wondering what to grow, you’ve got a range of options.

“There’s very few things that I haven’t been able to grow. We’ve had people who have actually grown artichokes here, which I would say could never be but they have beautiful artichokes. It depends on the season,” said Kresowski.

If you want some more specific information, River City Harvest President Janice Driver suggests checking out Montana State University Extension’s guides.

“There’s two of them that I particularly like. One is ‘Can I grow this here?’ and the other is ‘Growing a successful vegetable garden,'” said Driver.

The guides can be found online, at extension offices, and during the growing season at places where you can buy seeds.

At Park Place Garden, garden plots can be rented. To inquire about renting a plot, contact Kresowski at 406-868-1624 or 406-453-1155.

“The plots are all at least 300 square feet and the cost is $70 a season for the plot unless the plot has, or you wish to have, a drip irrigation system and then it’s $60. We buy our own water from Park Place’s owner and it’s less with a drip system,” Driver said.

Garden plots became available April 1.

Crops that do well in cool weather can be planted before the last expected hard frost, which is about May 15. Crops that don’t do well in cool weather should be planted after that.

When asked what her favorite thing to grow is, Kresowski couldn’t pick just one.

“Everything,” Kresowski said with a laugh.

On April 15, River City Harvest will hold a gardening workshop focused on developing gardens for nutrient-dense food. It will be at the Great Falls Salvation Army building at 1000 17th Avenue South from 1-4 pm Admission is $40.

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