When you boil or steam vegetables, don‘t pour the water down the drain. After all, it's full of nutrients and they need not go to waste. So, after it cools, use it to water potted patio plants. You will be amazed how the plants respond to the vegetable soup.

Make sure you cook with unsalted water because excess salt can be toxic to plants. If you don‘t want to put the brew on your plants, just put it in the compost pile.

Don‘t toss out coffee or tea grounds, either. Both can be used to acidify the soil around acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons, gardenias and camellias. Sprinkle about one-fourth of an inch of grounds around each plant to help keep the soil Ph on the acidic side. Coffee and tea grounds are also beneficial for earthworms.

Chamomile tea does a great job controlling damping-off, an especially nasty fungal disease that attacks young plants quite suddenly. Just add a spot of cool tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week for great results.

If you can‘t stand dirt under your fingernails, but don‘t always wear gloves, the solution is bar soap. Not after a day of digging, but before you start!

By drawing your fingernails across a bar of soap, it will effectively seal the underside of your nails so dirt can not collect underneath them. Then when you are done working, you can use a nail brush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.This little trick also will protect the nails of mechanics or anyone working with greasy items.