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Biffsquiggled; Eco gardening tips; Garlic & Oregano Tea
June 23, 2017

June 2017 Issue #142


What fun that we both love gardening. Thanks for joining me.

1) Biffsquiggled
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Garlic & Oregano Tea

I thank all the powers that be,
For this beautiful morning I see,
It matters not if there is sun or rain,
The blessings of my heart remain.
The morning blessing that I see,
Set my spirit of life free.

~ Anon

Eco gardening tips

  • Biffsquiggled by vinegar
    If you are confused by which vinegar to use for weed-killing, then according to famous Roald Dahl in his The BFG book you are biffsquiggled! Be puzzled no longer, because you don't need to pay twice as much for apple cider vinegar, just use plain cheap white vinegar. Most vinegars are around 5% ascetic acid, but if you want to get a stronger vinegar for gnarly, woody weeds, get hold of 10-20% ascetic acid vinegar. See Amazon's advertising links in the right column on this page for powerful vinegar and other garden supplies at low prices.

  • "Murder" cried the weed
    Some of the weed killing solutions on our website organic weed solution page involve pouring something on the weeds, such as the aforementioned vinegar. Other solutions are boiling water, oil etc. To enhance the effect, first stab the weed, such as a dandelion, bindi etc, in its heart by plunging a knitting needle or skewer into the weed's centre. Now pour the liquid down the hole. Arggh.

  • Worm farmers?
    Those readers where summer holidays are around the corner, don't forget your wormies if you have a worm farm. If going away for more than a week, throw in some hard type food that's not prone to going squishy, such as large bits of pumpkin, broccoli stalks, dried greenery, shredded paper etc. Trickle in some water and if it's hot and you're away for over a month, try and get a friend or neighbour to check on your wrigglers. Remember if the inside of the lid is dry, it's a sign water is needed.

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Garlic & Oregano Tea

Oregano is a useful herb and I use it in soups, stews, most foods! Here's a recipe to shorten or stop cold or flu symptons. If you start sneezing or feel a sore throat or flu coming on, brew up this drink for fast relief.


  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped a bit
  • 1/3 cup fresh oregano, chopped, or 2 Tbln dried
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbln lemon juice, plus the chopped rind
  • 1 small Tbln honey
  • 6 or more 5mm slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional).


  • Put all ingredients into a pot (including lemon rind), except the honey and lemon juice.
  • Bring to boil with lid on and simmer on very low for 20 minutes.
  • Take pot off stove and stir in honey and lemon juice, then pour into a mug.
  • Let the steam swirl around your nose as you sip it.

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 20 minutes

Cures: 1-2 people

Live, love and garden.

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