Gardening Ideas: Cinnamon Makes a Great Rooting Hormone Substitute! (All Things Plants)Use cinnamon as a substitute for rooting hormone. It also kills fungus and bacteria at the same time. I will never buy Rootone again : )
You can test your own soil! Take two separate cups and add your soil sample to each. In one add vinegar and the other add some water, stir and add baking soda. If nothing at all happens your soil is some what PH balanced.
Starting a rose bush and other plants from a cutting (slip). I Remember my Maternal Grandmother and Mother placing rose slips around the flower garden, covered with Mason jars to protect them and get them started. Many a rose bush grew.
How to build the perfect raised bed: Rake the existing soil at the bottom of the bed to level it, then tamp it smooth. Line the bed with hardware cloth to keep out gophers and moles; trim the cloth with shears to fit around corner posts.