10 Secrets to a Perfect Garden!

gardening1Want a perfect garden this summer? Here are 10 of my secret tips to using kitchen waste and household items to make your garden grow, reach higher yields, have juicer fruits and vegetables and do it safely without the chemicals and pesticides!

     1. Banana peels They are a mild fertilizer, so they won’t burn plants. Great source of Potassium and can be used for roses and tomatoes.Use two peels per plant and place them one inch under the soil and about 6 inches from the stalk of the plant.

      2. Egg shells They are a good source of calcium. They help produce larger yields for veggies and house plants. Make sure to boil or microwave the shells to prevent Salmonella and grind them or crush them into a powder and sprinkle into the soil.

     3. Coffee Grounds- Also a mild fertilizer, high in nitrogen. They also produce large yields.

      4. Seaweed- Used as a supplement, it helps keep plants green, stimulates root growth, and acts as a chelating agent.

       5. Garlic- Because of its strong odor, placing 1 or 2 cloves into rose bushes will prevent aphids and other insects from eating your roses.

6. Jell-O – Sprinkle Jell-O on seeds with a salt shaker to start them off disease free. Lemon flavor repels bugs. gelatin will help absorb water and sugar feeds organisms in the soil.

        7.Beer- Kills snails and slugs, fill an old pie container or plastic with beer and 3 drops of vinegar and place near affected plants overnight, you’re guaranteed to find these slimy suckers in the container first thing in the morning.

8. Baking Potatoes – Planting a new tree? Line the newly dug hole with potatoes. They will hold moisture and provide the new tree with nutrients as they decay.

9. Epsom Salts- They are a fast acting source of magnesium and sulfur. Also an excellent organic fertilizer. Add tablespoon into the ground before you plant your seedling.

     10. Hydrogen Peroxide- It’s a general fertilizer that controls mold and mildew and helps with sprouting seeds faster and stronger. Just dilute with water and you have your own cocktail perfect for your seeds, seedlings, and plants.

Let me know if you try any of these this year for garden and let me know how it works out! Happy Gardening!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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