Treat your compost to some lemon perfume!
To keep your compost heap fresh and smelling good, add lemon peel and basil to it. They are smells that keep insects away. A fresh cut lemon also keeps my cats away from places where I don’t want them to nap – above the television switches especially and the kitchen cabinets!
Make a hole in the centre of your compost heap and bury your kitchen waste in the middle of it to hinder pests and flies.
Try Epsom salts to get rid of snails! They are very bitter and they repel slugs and snails. Dissolve 3 tablespoons Epsom salts in one quart boiling water. Let cool, then add 3 more quarts water. Pour the solution on slug-infested areas; spray the solution on slug-infested plants. The Epsom salts are safe for plants and in fact are good for tomatoes says Ellen Sandbeck in her book Slug Bread & Beheaded Thistles. Amusing and useful techniques for nontoxic
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