1. To prevent animals from digging up and eating your bulbs, before you plant them, wrap them in a thin layer of steel wool.
  2. When planting trees bury some old garden hose alongside the roots, when you fill in the hole leave the other end of the garden hose out of the ground. This allows you to water the roots directly.
  3. Washing Up liquid makes a great insecticidal soap when you mix it with water. Take 1 to 3 tablespoons of washing up liquid, mix it into 1 gallon of water, put it in a spray bottle and spray the entire plant. Use care not to spray when the sun is on the plant. Only spray early morning or late evening.
  4. Cut fresh flower stems at an angle, it creates a larger surface area for the flower to draw up more water and remember to put your flowers into water immediately, if you don’t air pockets will form in the stems and cause the flowers to droop. Also grind up a regular aspirin or two and add them to the flowers water and your flowers will stay fresh a few days longer.
  5. Make sure you get a level edge when pruning garden hedges by fastening a length of rope to two points across the top.
  6. If you plant seeds in a straight line you’ll be able to spot weeds as they come up.
  7. Use bubble wrap to line the pots of container grown plants it will keep them warm during the winter months.
  8. Stop cats climbing into your garden by spraying your wooden fences with surgical spirit. Moth Balls also work great and the Moth Balls will also keep away snakes.
  9. Use a length of garden hose to sow seeds if you have difficulty bending down.
  10. If your in a area of very hot sunshine and your cucumber or melon plants are wilting daily save your milk jugs and with a sewing needle push several small holes in the bottom of the jug. Plant the jug up to its neck beside your plant and you can use your garden hose to fill up the jug or jugs several times daily and your plants will thank you for it. You want the milk jug with in 12-18 inches of the main stalk of the plant you want it to water through out the day.