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Top 5 uses for coffee grounds in the garden.

1. Coffee grounds can be used as a mulch to prevent the growth of weeds and prevent the soil from drying out. 

2. Steep 2 cups of grounds in 2 L of water over night and then use as a fertilizer.

3. Grounnds make the soil acidic so is useful for Clivias.

4. Add then to your compost heap as the are a good source of nitrogen and tannic acid.

5. Sprinkle around plants to prevent slugs and snails from gettig at your plants. Top 

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Home made preventive spray and insecticide

Simply mix 1 cup of dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil. Store this concentrate in an airtight container. One can spray every 3 days by mixing 2 tablespoons in 2 litres of water. This smothers the insects and mites and they suffocate. Don't forget to spray under the leaves, on the flowers, buds and new shoots.
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Chillie, onion and garlic insecticide

Put 2 chillies, 1 large onion , a whole bulb of garlic and half a cup of water into the food processor. Put the resulting mash into a bucket and fill with hot water. Steep for 24 hours before using the liquid to spray on aphids, grasshoppers and all chewing and sucking insects. Bury the mash where the infestations are the worst. This is used to deter cut-worms, aphids, caterpillars, ants, slugs and snails.
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