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how to make a colorful salad colander so  a stenciled pattern of seeds in a  vintage colander for a stunning effect  inspired by patchwork and because the  lettuce is a cut and come again variety  you can look forward to several harvests  from one planting for the salad colander  you will need one to two packets of  batavia leaf lettuce seed one to two  packets of red leaf lettuce seed a  colander with feet some cardstock or oak  tag a pencil a pair of scissors a  hanging basket liner some all-purpose  potting mix a large scoop or trowel a  watering can a bottle of liquid plant  food

step 1

first make the stencil place  your colander upside down on some  cardstock or oak tag and draw around the  rim then draw another circle inside the  outline between three quarters and one  and a half inches or two to four  centimeters smaller step two within the  smaller circle draw a stencil design .

step2

keep it simple we divided the circle  into four quadrants cut out your stencil  and keep all the shapes.

step 3

place a  hanging basket liner inside the colander  this will help keep soil and moisture  inside the container trim the top of the  liner to just below the rim if necessary .

step 4 fill the colander with  all-purpose potting mix to just under  the level of the liner then tap the  colander down on a hard surface to get  rid of any air pockets and to level the  surface.

step 5

water the soil surface  well.

step 6

cover alternate sections of  the planting surface with stencils and  plant lettuce seeds of one color then  cover the planted seeds with the  stencils and plant the remaining areas  with the other lettuce seeds.

step 7

remove the stencils and lightly cover  the seeds with the layer of soil mix  then place in a warm bright place or  outside in summer note that red lettuce  seedlings will be green at first and  then change to red as the plants mature  you won’t need to water the seeds for a  few days to start with since you watered  the soil mix before planting wait until  at least a three before watering by  spraying the seeds with a mr. to stop  them from dispersing before they have  germinated.

step 8

1 seeds have  germinated water using a watering can  with a fine nozzle do not water too much  step 9 you can thin up the crop after  germination by lightly pulling seedlings  from the soil mix this increases air  circulation and helps keep the plants  less congested and the design more  structured enjoy your first harvest of  cut and come again lettuce in just four  to five weeks remember to use liquid  plant food between harvests to encourage  more leaves to grow back for cutting why  not try growing lettuce and other  containers wicker baskets are great  because like the colander they allow  drainage sink containers add a vintage  look while for something quirky cut the  base off plastic milk containers plant  and hang on a wall  you.

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We all have problems, in every home and garden there can be problems found, the biggest has to be because of pets and other things but soon it will carry on from there and then that is when the bigger problems starts to form.

Ants, that is the most annoying thing that you can find in your garden, they can be small problems one minute and then soon it becomes a massive problem. If they are in your garden then you really will need to do something to get these out of your garden; you could poison them with thousands of chemicals because that is the best way to get released of the ants but sometimes going for the chemical option will not be what everyone wants to do so then they have to look for something else.

The first thing that you should know about ants is that they hate herbs, which is the number one thing that ants will immediately see and turn away from. This can be the most natural way of getting rid of ants, with herbs there can be thousands of different herbs to choose from, they can be planted in your garden or even buying from the shops. They can be done in the kitchen or in the garden door where the ants are getting in from; herbssuch as peppermint, sage and even basil really will be a massive help to deter the ants. If you have tansy growing in your garden then that will be a massive help, this is going to work really just like mint but it can grow some yellow flowers which are very nice and can compliment any garden. Using mint is also very good, having Pennyroyal is really great to repel the ants but you will have to try your helpful to keep this from getting out of hand because it can become too much to handle in some cases.

You could also try Marigolds, this is a beautiful flower to have in your garden and it will help to get rid of the ants also. The garden can be protected fully from ants but then again it has the same effect as coffee grounds, yes it does sound very odd but yes ants don’t like coffee grounds, it has nutrients in it which the ants don’t like. From these coffee grounds, the ants will not be able to survive with these however.You could also try things such as citrus peels and spread them around the plant area; you could grind these and then spread them around or even take the oils from them and spread it over your garden. Or even getting cornmeal, now for this, it will be something the ants like but they can’t actually digest it; they will eat it and die because they can’t digest it.

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