Fw: Jerry Baker's What's Growin' On September Newsletter


Just when you thought you'd never get used to the hot, muggy days of August, here comes September, with its cool evening breezes, shorter days, and the promise of changing leaves in the air. But for now, the trees are still green, the grass is still growing, and you've got lots of still-bloomin' beauties in your garden. So here's what you need to get going this month.











Forget about hiring a pro to aerate your lawn this fall; step into a great deal instead. You'll save time and money with 25% off my Aerating Lawn Sandals. And they're easy to use, too! Just strap them on over your shoes and take a stroll across your grass. Each sandal has 13 spikes that penetrate thatch and compacted soil so your lawn can breathe a whole lot better. To take advantage of this terrific offer, click on the link below:

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Nothing's tastier on a hot summer day than a cool cucumber salad that's been doused with a little vinegar and salt. But the refreshing benefits don't stop there; this crisp veggie can also cool off all sorts of health problems. Here's how:

  • Place a 1-inch thick slice of chilled cucumber over each eye and relax for 15 minutes to get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles.
  • Add more cucumbers to your meals if you're retaining fluid. They'll help you banish the bloat.
  • Cucumber juice reduces the inflammation caused by eczema. Just moisten a cotton pad with the juice and gently dab the trouble spots.
  • Soothe a Labor Day weekend sunburn by placing chilled slices of cucumber on your simmering skin.

Find out more ways to use ordinary household products to get you on the road to good health by checking out my Supermarket Super Remedies book - FREE for 21 days. It's filled with lots of quick and easy treatments, super solutions, and fast fixes. For a Free 21-Day Preview, click here.

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If your schedule is as tight as most folks' these days, you don't have time to be sick. And with flu season right around the corner (and our old viral nemesis swine flu ready to make a comeback) we all need to keep up our defenses against invading germs. Fortunately, you can rely on vitamin C and
beta-carotene-rich foods
(like apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, and peaches) to boost your immunity. And, as luck would have it, those fabulous foods make sensational shakes and smoothies, too!

Whip up this super sipper when you're feeling too hot and lazy to lift a fork. Then sit back in a lawn chair and sip a whole day's worth of vitamins A and C right through a straw!

Combine 1/2 cup of cold fat-free evaporated milk, 3 cups of cold cantaloupe cubes, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a dash of ground cinnamon in a blender. Blend the mixture until it's smooth, pour it into a large glass, and enjoy.

Not a fan of cantaloupe? Here's another little cocktail that'll meet your entire day's need for vitamin A, and most of your C, too.

In a blender, combine 1 cup of ruby red grapefruit juice blend and 1/8 teaspoon of ginger. Begin to blend on high, then remove the feeder cap, and drop in 1 cup of baby carrots one by one until all the carrots are pureed. Add 1 cup of ice cubes one at a time and blend until finely crushed. Divide the neon-bright smoothie between two glasses, and share the frosty goodness with a friend.

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This month's winning tip comes from Joann B., of Washington, who shared her secret for keeping windshield wipers free and clear in any weather:

"When the heat of the summer sun dries out my windshield wipers, I wipe them with a cotton ball that's been soaked in ammonia. I give 'em a good swipe in the winter, too, when my windshield is cold and icy. It softens the rubber on the wipers and keeps my windshield cleaner, too."

Thanks Joann, and thanks to everyone who entered. And if you haven't entered our contest yet, what are you waiting for? We'll draw a new winner next month, so click here to send us your entry now.

Here's some more terrific tips we received this month:

"Drop a denture cleaning tablet into a grungy vase, then fill it with water and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Any stains and water marks will fizz away and the vase will be ready for the next bouquet." Cheri O., PA

"When a permanent marker runs amok and marks up your clothes or a tablecloth, reach for baby wipes. They'll erase the stain in no time at all." Lori E., TX

"Smear a glob of mayonnaise on your headlights to clear away dull, greasy grime that's hazing them up. After a few minutes, wipe the mayo off, and you'll see a whole lot clearer the next time you're driving in the dark." Roger M., MS

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If Grandma Putt had been around when throwaway fabric softener sheets hit the stores, she'd have had a fit - what a waste to spend good money on something you toss after only one use, when you can make them to use over and over again! It's easy, too: Just grab a clean washcloth and soak it for a minute or two in a half-and-half solution of water and liquid fabric softener. Remove the cloth, wring it out, and toss it into the dryer with your static-prone clothes. Use it for several loads (without re-soaking), then launder the cloth and start all over again with a fresh batch of softener and water.

So what should you do with the rest of your unused dryer sheets? Take a gander at these possibilities:

  • Get one wet and clean your shower door. Soap scum will disappear like magic.
  • Rub one over your furniture to pick up any shed dog and cat hair.
  • Put a sheet into each of your smelly sneakers, and the shoes'll be fresh as daisies come morning.
  • Tie one through a belt loop to make bloodthirsty mosquitoes keep their distance.

For more commonsense secrets that unleash the hidden powers of everyday items, check out my Grandma Putt's Old-Time Vinegar, Garlic, Baking Soda, and 101 More Problem Solvers book, FREE for 21 days. For a Free 21-Day Preview, click here.

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Some flowers are a little too vigorous, and they'll take over the whole backyard if you don't divide 'em. Others grow better after dividing them because you get rid of the old, weak growth that produces puny blooms and attracts pests and diseases. Best of all, dividing is a great way to get loads of new flowers for free!

Early fall is the best season for dividing crowded perennials, so now's the time to start chopping up those overgrown clumps. My Perennial Transplant Tonic will get your new divisions back on their feet without missing a beat.

Mix 1 can of beer, 4 tablespoons of instant tea granules, 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, and 2 gallons of warm water in a bucket. Soak your newly divided perennials in this tonic for about 10 minutes just before replanting them. When you're finished, dribble any leftover tonic around your newly settled divisions to get 'em off to a supercharged start.

Get even more great garden grow-how with my Terrific Garden Tonics book - FREE for 21 days. It's filled with hundreds of my world-famous tonics so you can DIY to grow the lush lawn, beautiful blooms, and gorgeous garden of your dreams. For a Free 21-Day Preview, click here.

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You've worked hard all spring and summer, and now your garden is rewarding you with lots of mouthwatering veggies and fruits. But what if you've got more than you can handle? Whatever you do, don't let it go to waste! I've found a neat new website that's tailor-made for this situation. It's called veggietrader.com, and it's an online resource where folks can swap, buy, or sell homegrown produce. At Veggie Trader, the goal is to help families eat well, while putting backyards to work for the benefit of the whole neighborhood.

So if you've got a bumper crop of tomatoes, but don't have any zucchini, or even if you don't have a garden, but you want to enjoy fresh, locally grown melons, check out this free and easy resource. Just log on and enter your ZIP code to see what's on hand to swap. You'll enjoy all the fresh, tasty garden goodness you want, and save a few bucks while you're at it. For my money, you can't beat that!

Before you sink your teeth into your freshly swapped food, clean it up with this great germ-killing formula: Mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 3 cups of water in a handheld sprayer bottle, and spritz your fruit or veggies. Count to 10, then rinse 'em off under running water.

And while you're at it, start thinking about next year's crop by checking out our Raised Bed Garden System. These handy helpers allow you to garden in any type of soil without all of the backbreaking digging. That way, you'll be ready to plant as soon as possible next spring. To order your set, click here.

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Here's a nifty backyard trick - clean your garden gloves while you're still wearing them. Simply lather them up with soap and water after you finish working, and scrub 'em together to get rid of the grime. Rinse under running water, strip them off, roll them in a towel, and give 'em a good squeeze to soak up the water.

If the gloves are leather or suede, lay them flat to dry; if they're cloth, just clip them to your clothesline. They'll be stiff as a board when they're dry, but don't worry - they'll soften up as soon as you start digging in to the next round of garden work!

For more fast, cheap, and smart ways to clean up everything in and around your house, check out my new Cleaning Magic! book - FREE for 21 days. With my help you'll make any mess disappear in a flash! For a Free 21-Day Preview, click here.

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