DIY Plant Therapy

Ok friends, today I am coming at you with something a little outside of my box, but I felt like it was worth sharing! So let’s talk about plants. If you know me at all, you know plants are somewhat of a challenge for me, particularly since we have moved to Colorado. We have a very tricky climate here and clay soil. The weather changes at the drop of a hat and temperatures can swing 40 degrees in one day. Crazy I know! And on top of all of that, it doesn’t rain much here. Yes, we get a lot of snow in the winter, but we have very little humidity so snow melts quickly. So why am I telling you this? Mostly, to justify why I have difficulty with plants so you don’t judge me :)Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant Therapy

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A few years ago when we added our patio I found this plant called Sedum that I totally fell in love with! It is drought tolerant which is great for me and Colorado’s climate and they are super low maintenance. Late in the summer/fall the flowers turn red and they are so pretty! I have several of these in our yard and in pots and haven’t had any trouble, until this season! My Sedum that I have planted in two of my pots started coming back in the Spring and naturally I did my victory dance because I hadn’t managed to kill them yet :) This is what it looked like in May. See it there behind Miss Moka? Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant TherapyBut then one day in June I noticed my favorite plants looked like they were shrinking! What??? Upon closer inspection, it appeared they were being eaten by bugs! And in a matter of days my plants went from this.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant TherapyTo this! Kinda looks like asparagus, right?Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant Therapy

I told my mom about it because she is the plant whisperer (if only she could whisper to my plants :( ) And she told me about a “DIY Therapy” she tried on some of her’s and had success with. I figured, eeeh why not. What do I have to loose? Sticks? The therapy is vinegar and peppermint oil in a spray bottle. That’s it. I used 1 1/2 cups of vinegar to 15 drops of peppermint oil.Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant TherapyI sprayed my plants liberally, coating all the areas. Then after a few weeks it started coming back! And no more bugs!!!Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant TherapyAnd this is what it looks like now, a little over a month later. Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant Therapy Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant Therapy Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Plant TherapyI highly recommend trying this if you have a bug problem with your plants! It was very easy to make and was effective after only spraying them once. However, I am NOT a plant expert, so proceed at your own risk ;)

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  1. What a great tip, thanks! I also really like that the treatment is all natural, no yucko chemicals involved! Happy to see your plants made a come back.

    1. Thank you so much Shelley! And surprisingly it smells more minty than vinegary :) I will take any small victories I can in the plant department!

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