Just like recipes for the kitchen, some of the best recipes for the garden have stood the test of time, are easy to make, and yield fantastic results. Here are three recipes I keep in my garden journal, inspired by the landscape around The Inn at Honey Run.
While preparing a batch of nectar for hummingbirds, how about doing the same for the butterflies? With just a sports drink, some sugar, and soy sauce, you can make a sweet concoction with all the necessary nutrients to feed these beautiful insects and draw them closer to your camera lens or favorite observation spot. Follow Garden Gate Magazine’s instructions for just the right mix.
No equipment needed for this composting method! Just layer brown and green ingredients similarly to arranging that kitchen dish. This recipe from About Organic Gardening uses food scraps, shredded paper, and yard waste — all ingredients you can get your hands on easily. In no time, you’ll have a bed of soft, nutrient-rich soil that holds more water and grows fewer weeds than a traditional garden.
Create a bouquet to enjoy as a reward and reminder of your work in the garden. When changed at least every other day, this preservative mix made of common household products will keep cut flowers looking fresher for a longer period of time than just water:
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp sugar
¼ tsp bleach
1 qt of water