Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy

Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy

 

How-to-keep-ypur-ivy-healthy

Keeping an ivy alive and green and ready to take on the coat hangers of the world…. is really so simple.

Here’s the solution.

Ready?

 

Dish washing soap.

 

Here’s the proof.

 

Ivy TopiaryTopiary

                      Ivy circa April 12, 2011                                                                       Ivy circa June 28, 2011

 

Have you seen an ivy when it gets yellow and pale and the leaves start falling off?

It’s usually because of spider mites.

I don’t remember who told me to use dish washing soap to get rid of them.

And I don’t know why it works.

But it does.

 

Dishwashing Detergent

 

The secret is cheap soap.

No fancy stuff.

No extra anti-bacterial nonsense.

Just soap.

 

Soap dispenser

 

Simply add 2 tsp. of soap to one pint of water.

Don’t add anymore soap or your topiary may not recover.

Then pour mixture into a spray bottle filled with water.

 

And if you do this….can you try to get a cuter spray bottle than mine?

Not just one from Wal-mart.

A really cute spray bottle.

Like this one.

Or this one.

Or at the very least make a cover for it like this.

 

English Ivy

 

Then take your really cute spray bottle and spray the leaves every two to three weeks.

 

That’s it.

 Topiary

Your topiary will thank you.

Your ivy will thank you.

And the spider mites will have to buy a Winnebago and take a cross-country trip to their condo in Florida :)

 

PS  If you want to know how to make a topiary….here’s a post where I used a coat hanger to create one!

PPS  Here’s an article on using soap that has much better directions and tells when not to use soap under certain conditions.


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Blackberry Picking

Blackberry Picking

 

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Because I can’t.

Seriously.

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Painted Hutch

Painted Hutch

 

 

I bought this hutch at a yard sale for $3.00.

Ummm….yep.  

That’s right….$3.00.

Can we pause just a moment and take that in…..and remember what I said about my endless hunt for the perfect yard sale?  A journey filled with Hooter’s t-shirts and broken down appliances and old florists vases.  A journey where you never know what you might find at the next yard sale…..so a true yard saler never gives up.

Never ever.

Because hope always springs eternal.


Distressed White Furniture

 

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Hydrangea Mantel

 

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Apple Walnut Cranberry Bread

Apple Walnut Cranberry Bread

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Kitchen

So I finally made the cranberry bread.

I felt like I had to.

Every time I would walk into the kitchen, there it was….the recipe wall.  Staring right at me in all it’s apple-cranberry bread recipe glory.Continue reading


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