- RADISHES When it comes to radishes, Thelma swears by the Farmer’s Almanac, which says to plant them by the dark of the moon or they’ll go to tops. When she doesn’t follow it, she doesn’t have radishes!
- RHUBARB While the stalks are delicious, rhubarb leaves are poisonous if eaten. Thelma has found a great use for them nonetheless – keeping aphids away. Put a pound of chopped rhubarb leaves in a pot, and add a quart of boiling water. Let the mixture sit overnight, strain it and add a tablespoon of detergent. Then, place the liquid in a spray bottle and spritz your plants with it every now and then.
- PARSLEY Never count out the seeds you’ve planted. Thelma once waited years for parsley plants to grow from seed. When they finally sprouted, she was tickled.
- ONIONS Thelma grows onions every year. Since they’re hardy perennials, they keep going without any maintenance. She likes to put them in her garden next to her beets and carrots to help keep the bugs away.
- CUCUMBERS To prevent weeds and rotting, Thelma keeps her cucumbers mulched with rhubarb leaves or grass clippings. There’s no need buy mulch when your garden provides it for free!
- TOMATOES AND PEPPERS Thelma’s advice for tomatoes and peppers is to water them about an inch a week. With the right amount of sun, they’ll grow like the dickens!
Gardening Tips From Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer
This entry was posted on September 27, 2017.