Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy

Easy Tip to Keep Your Ivy Healthy

 

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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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Notes On a Back Porch

Notes On a Back Porch

screed n back porch

 

In my e-mail I have 31 folders.

Some of them are fancy with fancy names.

Like “Recipes I Hope One Day I Have the Courage to Make” and “Promotional Ideas I Should Have Thought Of” and “Stories I Want to Tell Someday.”

Folders so fancy that I want to add $5 dollar words to the titles like “plethora” and “myriad” and “amalgamation.”

 

topiary

 

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Step-By-Step

Step-By-Step

 

I am not a very good step-by-step project person.

I want to be.

From the top of my head to the very tips of my Ripley’s Believe it or Not toes.

And if we had a giant blog yearbook and we could all vote on superlatives, I would want to be voted “Most Likely To Write a Step-By-Step Post.”

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