5 Ways to Repel Vegetable Garden Insects

ways to repel vegetable garden insects

If you have a vegetable garden, then you have pests licking their lips wanting in it! Pests love vegetable gardens and all of the tasty treats they have to offer. If you are not vigilant about keeping pests at bay, your garden can soon be overrun with nasty bugs and pests. If you are looking for ways to keep these pests out and your tasty vegetables in, take a look below at 5 ways to repel vegetable garden insects in a way that is easy and inexpensive.

5 Ways to Repel Vegetable Garden Insects:

1. Pour them some beer.
Slugs love beer. Place some in a shallow bowl and place the bowl in your garden. The slugs will want to crawl in and won’t be able to crawl out!

2. Sprinkle some pepper.
Sprinkle some hot pepper flakes along the perimeter of your garden and pests won’t want to cross it. Be liberal, and reapply after a heavy rain.

3. Spray with soap.
Add some dish soap to a bottle and mix well with water. Spray directly on your plants and veggies and bugs won’t want to touch them.

4. Pick by hand.
Take a few minutes a day to remove any pests you see by hand. Yes, it can be tedious but it is truly effective and will keep those pest numbers down.

5. Don’t over water.
Creating pools of water in your soil can attract pests. Be careful not to over water and only give your plants the amount of water they can absorb.

And if you don’t mind ladybugs - they make WONDERFUL little pest-killers!  They eat aphids, Moth eggs, Mites, Scales, Thrips, Leaf Hoppers, Mealybugs, Chinch Bugs, Asparagus Beetle larvae, Whitefly and other common garden pests.  We’d love to hear if you’ve tried anything that you would recommend!

See how simple it is to keep those plants of yours safe and bugs far away? Give these ways to repel vegetable garden insects a try and you can enjoy a pest free planting year!

Happy Mothers Day Quotes for Grandmothers


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Mother’s Day isn’t *just* for moms – it’s also a great time to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to our precious Grandmothers!  If you’re looking for a little inspiration – here are some Happy Mothers Day quotes for Grandmothers that will make them feel special.  

Many of these are great to add on to DIY gifts as well!  (Like these DIY Themed Gift Baskets)

A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.
– Author Unknown

A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.
– Erma Bombeck

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
– Marcy DeMaree

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
– Author Unknown

Grandmas don’t just say “that’s nice” — they reel back and roll their eyes and throw up their hands and smile. You get your money’s worth out of grandmas.
– Author:unknown

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
– Author Unknown

Grandmothers are the people who take delight in hearing babies breathing into the telephone.
– Author:Unknown

If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it!
– Hannah Whithall Smith

If your baby is “beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time,” you’re the grandma.
– Teresa Bloomingdale

My name is NO NO but Grandma calls me precious!
– Author Unknown

 Mother's Day Quotes

You might also be able to use some of these Mother’s Day Quotes.

Get Growing… In Containers!


NOW is the time to get your plants in the ground.  If you’re following our series on getting started gardening, you should already have the following information:

1)  How will you plant?  In a container or in the ground or maybe an above ground bed?  (See this vegetable garden raised bed tutorial!)

2)  Where is the best place to plant your garden?  What part of your yard gets at least 6 hours of full sun?

3)  What do you want to plant?  What are your favorite veggies?  What does your family eat most?

Starting your garden isn’t rocket science, but you do need to know a few things.  Since everyone has different needs and plans, we’re going to break it up into Container Gardens, In Ground Beds, and Above Ground Beds.  We will break these into 3 different posts to make it easier to follow.


Having a container garden requires nothing more than 4 things:

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7 Best Vegetable Garden Mulch Options

A successful vegetable garden counts heavily on your garden mulch.

Mulch helps do a variety of things for your garden. It helps it retain moisture, prevents weeds from taking over, and can improve your soil. Mulch is often nutrient rich, inexpensive, and easy to use. But how do you know which mulch to use? Thankfully, you will find your many options for the best vegetable garden mulch below.

Whether your garden be big or small, take a peek at these to find one that suits you…

Best Vegetable Garden Mulch Options:

  • Alfalfa
    Alfalfa is high in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. It increases organic matter in the soil as well.

  • Cardboard
    This makes an excellent layer when you are composting. It will  suffocate your harmful weeds!

  • Hay
    Hay is mostly made of carbon and one of the most common mulches.

  • Lawn and grass clippings
    Clippings are high in lovely nitrogen and should be layered on in thin layers.

  • Dry leaves
    These are high in carbon and low in nitrogen. Bag up your leaves and keep them for your mulching needs.

  • Newspapers
    Newspapers opened and spread thick make an excellent weed barrier.  Check out our post on the many benefits of Newspaper vs. Landscape Fabric

  • Dry pine needles
    Pine needles are full of carbon and great for vegetable gardens!

As you can see, there are quite a few mulch options that involve materials you already have around your home and yard. You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy mulch. If you have an abundance of pine needles, clipping, leaves, newspapers, or hay you are all set! Use it to your advantage as a mulch material and really get some bang for your buck.

Mulch truly is marvelous and acts as a barrier against the bad while holding in the good. Take advantage of all that it offers this growing season and watch your garden flourish! You will be so glad you did!



Ashley Lauren’s Closet: 2016 Spring & Summer Sale


I am so excited that the Ashley Lauren’s Closet 2016 Spring/Summer sale opens tomorrow!  If you live anywhere close to Cleveland, TN it is worth the drive!  As a first time mom I paid full price for things like an exersaucer, high chair and Johnny Jump Up.  Babies grow so fast - you can save hundreds of dollars simply by shopping at a consignment sale.  For example, I paid about $100 for my daughter’s first exersaucer that she grew out of in a couple of months, when I saw THE EXACT SAME ONE for less than $20 at the next Ashley Lauren’s Closet Sale I wanted to cry.  Needless to say, my shopping habits changed after that – consignment sales ROCK! We shopped on Saturday and my kids bought a $500 drum set for $50! We save so much money each season by shopping at the Ashley Lauren’s Closet.

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Shark Pro Steam Pocket Mop only $59 Shipped! (Reg $140!)

Head over to Walmart and pick up a sweet deal on this Shark Steam Pocket Mop - only $59 + FREE Shipping!  (Reg $139.99)  That’s 77% OFF!!

I own this mop and I bought mine reconditioned from Big Lots a couple months back for $60.  I wish I’d waited just a little bit longer!  I love this mop – it makes it easy and even a little bit fun to mop my kitchen and living room floors.  You know it’s a winner when the kids even want to take turns :)

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American Girl Mini Dolls – LOWEST PRICE!!


Amazon has a great deal on American Girl Mini-Dolls with Books - some over 50% OFF right now!  This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen these sets go for :)

If you aren’t ready to invest in a full size American Girl doll, this is a great deal, and each doll comes with a mini book.  Most of these listed are just $14.81, or right around there!!  Here are just a handful of the ones we found on sale:


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