Last year my houseplants got infested with gnats. I tried repotting the plants, but there were so many gnats flying around the house that they soon colonized the new potting soil. My husband tried setting out cups of apple cider vinegar to trap the gnats, which didn’t do anything other than make the house smell like vinegar. What finally got rid of the gnats was covering the potting soil with a few inches of sand. The plants are thriving now, the annoying gnats are totally gone, and as a bonus I don’t need to water as often because the sand cover keeps the moisture in the soil longer.

Healthy pothos plant in a black pot. 

Often that’s the way of things—a problem starts with something tiny and grows to seem hugely annoying, which leads to making the situation worse by putting time and effort into bothersome fixes that don’t work, but all we really need to do is to spread just a little sand over our worries!

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  1. Beautiful post. very helpful also. So simple solution I’ll try that. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Thanks for the helpful hint! I will need to try that too 🙂

    • Hi Tiny, you’re lucky to have plenty of natural sand in Florida. I bought a little bag of play sand at a big-box store; it works just as well with any kind of sand, though!

  3. Great problem solver — I had not thought of sand! Love the analogy as well! Thank you for sharing and linking with Nurturing Thursday! 🙂

  4. Hi Meg, love this post, and your plant too. You are right, a small act can make miracle. 🙂

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