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Your Spook-tacular Garden

October 12, 2018

Your Spook-Tacular Garden


BOO! Did I scare you? I probably did not, but there are some spooky things that are hopefully lingering in and around your garden, that are scary but also very beneficial.


One such ghastly creature is the spider. Spiders eat flies, mosquitoes, moths, beetles and other insects which harm your garden. Most spiders are somewhat venomous, so it is not a good idea to handle them.



The black widow and the brown recluse are spiders native to South Carolina that are very venomous. The black widow is usually found in and around buckets, spigots and dead tree hollows. They are shiny black with a red hour glass shape spot on their bellies.


The brown recluse are brown with a violin shape on their backs. Many other spiders look very similar. Since spiders are very hard to identify, don't mess with this scary creature. Appreciate them from a far.


Halloween wouldn't be as scary without bats. Bats are great for the garden because, like the spiders, they eat insects. There are several different kind of bats in South Carolina but the brown bat is the most common.


Lure bats to the garden by putting up a bat house. Hang them high on a tree or a telephone pole. It is very important NOT to handle a bat, and make sure you tell your children to never pick up an injured bat. While most bats are harmless, some can carry diseases transmittable to humans. So watch their night time acrobatics, but don't touch.


Most likely the scariest animal in your garden is the snake. Snakes can send you running in fear from your garden, but wait before you decide to do away with them. Small snakes eat bugs, while bigger snakes eat baby rabbits and mice that can chew on your garden plants.


There are quite a few poisonous snakes around, so hands off. To stay safe, make a lot of noise, by clapping or singing, when entering your garden, to make them aware of your presence. My singing chases more than snakes out of the garden, but that's another story.  Remember, snakes are more scared of you then you are of them.


No garden is complete without bones- bone meal that is. Bone meal is 10% phosphate, so it is

 a good somewhat organic way to add phosphate into your garden. Bone meal also has some calcium in it too. Many older farmers, like my Granddad, would throw in a handful of bone meal in each hole as he planted his tomatoes.



    And lastly, let's not forget the blood. Blood meal can supplement  any fall garden. This is because is a natural, somewhat organic  and non-burning source of nitrogen. Nitrogen is good for your   lettuce, collards, cabbage, broccoli and just about any of your fall         garden greens.



   Spiders, bats and snakes- oh my! Bone  and blood meal, ewwwww.       These  creepy crawlies and garden  supplements seem very scary at     first  glance, but they all come together to  help to create a         spectacular, I mean   spook-ta-cular garden. Let's Get Growing South Carolina.


Christmas is just around the corner.. How about give your love one the gift of growing?


Our Local, non GMO Garden Box is a great way to get rare seeds delivered right to your doorstep. There is something new each month, along with planting directions and fun local gardening gifts. Great for the urban grower. Click here to order your box today.


Sal's Local Garden Subscription Box provides you with local varieties of seeds and products picked especially for South Carolina's unique soil and growing conditions. The box is an all-in-one gardening course delivered to your door every month.


Other gardening courses cost 300.00 or more and don't come with the seeds. Not ours- ours is only 27.00 a month- cancel anytime.


We break everything down for you so it's simple and easy.


Each box is custom crafted with seasonally themed collections.


You get...


Seeds- including RARE and HARD to find Varieties

Garden Supplies

Easy to Follow Instructions

Locally Made Products

Fun Surprises


Sal is a seventh generation homesteader with a wealth of knowledge to share.


Sal doesn't want gardening to become a lost art. Click Here to Order your box today. Use Sal's Box as part of your home school curriculum. Check out R.E.A.C.H. home school group's garden at Killian Road Baptist Church. The children are every proud of their gardens. 


They have herbs, a late tomato plant, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuces in the first box. They have just planted the seeds from Sal's September Box, which consist of rainbow beets, kaleidoscope carrots,  multicolored radishes and red, white and yellow onions.


The children are beaming with joy over their produce. They will harvest and have a produce sell. They are not only learning to grow, but also how to fertilize, harvest and market their produce.


In the garden beds, we used Sungro Fafard 3B Mix along with Black Kow. They fertilized using organic garden-tone. 




Do you want to schedule a gardening class or consult with Sal? Click here for more information.



Garden year-round. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more in this smart countertop garden. And with a beautiful, platinum stainless steel finish, it will look great on your countertop    

 Up to 9 plants can be grown at a time. Plants grow in water…not soil. Advanced hydroponics made simple

  • High-performance, full spectrum 45-watt LED lighting system is tuned to the specific spectrum that allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests

  • Fully interactive touch screen control panel tells you when to add water, reminds you when to add patented nutrients (included), automatically turns lights on and off and provides timely tips and on-screen help functions

  • Includes 9-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Kit that contains: Genovese Basil (x2), Thai Basil, Curly Parsley, Italian Parsley, Thyme, Chives, Dill, Mint & 3 oz. patented nutrients (enough for a full season of growth   


  • Local Business Shout Out provides bee products. Bees are our prime pollinators.  You will find a bee product, bee information or something to plant for the bees in every Sal's Box. Visit today.

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