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Friday Fix-it: Some old Flower Tips from our Past…

One of the best fertilizers for potted plants is chimney soot, provided it is free from salt.

To make a fern healthy and grow fast, put a piece of fresh meat in the pot every few weeks; must not be salty.fern

To nourish a fern put 2 raw oysters under the soil near the roots and the plant will grow like magic.

To water tiny seedlings, dip a wisk broom in water, then sprinkle lightly.

Use the ribs of an old umbrella for your Morning-glories to climb on.

Use ice cubes to water indoor plants. They will melt slowly and will not spill over.


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. Jim Epperson

    Chimney soot ! I bet that would be a rare item. We have a fire place but no chimney!

  2. Kyle T. Bentley

    Wouldn’t that attract animals? Raccoons?

  3. I use the soot from my fireplace, every cleaning I will sprinkle it around my plants that aren’t doing well. The charcoal helps if your soil is more acidic than a plant likes. They seem to take off growing after a good dose!

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