Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
As the summer season progresses in you need to shift your houseplants indoors from the outside. Not doing this could infect your houseplants with flying insects or aphids and other small pests.
Aphids are tiny little sapsuckers live and feed in groups on the stems of plants. They can be different colors including white, green, brown or even orange. To treat aphids indoors, add a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to a gallon of water and wash the whole plant with the solution. You can help the process along by rubbing the stems with your fingers or a cotton ball. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse well.
Mites are very small insects and can form a thin web over the plant. Affected plants’ leaves may appear spotted and, if there are flowers, they may start to look unhealthy. Try blasting off the mites with water. You can do this by setting the plant in the sink and using the sprayer. You can also use the same method we talked about for aphids. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Some of the insects are a happy site in your garden like the ladybug beetles. It is a welcome sign when you spot these insects in your garden. Ladybug Beetles are voracious eaters of aphids and are there to keep the population under control. They are there to help.
On the contrary many other insects are not good for your garden and you must worry if you spot them. For instance , the pesky inchworms that could even invade residential landscapes.
There is more than one type of inchworm inching around right now. There are spring cankerworms, oak cankerworms and Linden loopers. They are all about the same size — about an inch or so long — but they vary in color.
Inchworms generally arrive in hordes for three to five years in a row. They may also take a break and be present in lower numbers for the next couple of years. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Gardeners and homeowners should be aware that bees — both managed colonies of honeybees and wild bees alike — are in real danger simply because of Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors.
Research shows that wild honeybee populations have dropped 25 percent since 1990, and more than 50 pollinator species are threatened or endangered. Planting a pollinator-friendly garden may be one of the best ways to help these beneficial insects, say experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 11:42 pm
High-energy mole food comes in the form of grubs, earthworms, beetles and beetle larvae, other insects, snails and spiders. Moles occasionally eat small amounts of plant parts. Their appetite is almost insatiable, and their favorite food is earthworms.
Controlling white grubs will not eliminate moles as long as there are other food sources available. However, if the infestation is heavy, treating for grubs may significantly reduce the mole’s food source and, in turn, result in lower mole activity.
Remember that your yard is part of the mole’s territory. It may expand its territory to find more food, but this is home. If you have moles already, do not expect grub control to chase these moles away.
It might be best to invest in a mole trap. They are available in two main types: the choker-loop and the harpoon.
The choker-loop trap kills the mole by squeezing it between the loop and the trap body. The harpoon trap impales the mole with steel spikes when the animal pushes up on the trigger.
Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Justin Newcombe provides following May Gardening-Weekend checklist for gardeners;
1. Plant broccoli, cabbage brussels sprouts, radish, beetroot, onions, peas shallots and get those garlic beds ready.
2. Feed trees with gypsum, prune and mulch. Make sure to remove all the debris out of the garden, including leaves and anything that may harbour pests over winter.
3. Feed citrus with magnesium sulphate and seaweed. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 at 12:04 pm
It is far more relevant today to convert a little patch of your property into a source of organic food. Quality and cost control are the prime factors for suggesting such a growth-advocacy. Expert gardeners will tell you that there is a special kind of joy in planting, growing, picking and serving the freshest produce possible.
According to recent estimates nearly 30 percent of residential homes in North America alone cultivate a vegetable garden and have revealed that the growing season can be full of surprises. Sometimes, the winter will leave much more moisture in the ground than the year before, but other times, drought will hamper your harvest and so will heat, insects, weeds and plant disease. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 5:09 pm
Today’s smart gardeners want easy-care gardens, but without the dangers of pesticides. Many different beneficial insects are ready and willing to work in the garden, eliminating pests like aphids, mosquitoes, or cutworms are just a few of them.
Tachinid Flies, for example, are attracted to a garden by planting dill, lemon balm, parsley, Queen Anne’s lace or spearmint. The adult fly lays eggs inside host insects, such as cutworms, borers, stink bugs, codling moths, tent caterpillars and gypsy moths. When the eggs hatch, the larvae grow inside the host insect, killing it. Considering that one Tachinid Fly can lay up to 6000 eggs during its 3-week life span, that’s a powerful foe against insect pests! Read the rest of this entry