Ensuring Safe and Healthy Honey Beekeeping

honey beekeepingHoney bees are critical to agriculture. They not only gather nectar and make honey but they pollinate crops in fields, orchards and gardens. Many plants require an agent, often bees, to carry pollen from one flower to another. Adequate pollination is important because it increases crop yield and quality by ensuring fruit set, complete development and viable seeds.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bees pollinate one third of the food we eat. That includes fruits, nuts, vegetables and herbs. Thank bees when you eat asparagus, carrots, celery, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins, radishes, squash and turnips. Think of bees as you enjoy apples, blueberries, citrus, peaches and strawberries. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Use Leftover Garden Supplies

garden-suppliesIt is quite probable that you have some leftover garden supplies in your garden shed or garage and may like to use that this spring in your garden. As the spring planting season is running near you should give an attention to some very useful tips to deal with the leftover gardening supplies.

Get rid of the old seeds if they appear dried out or have mold or fungus. Otherwise, these may be planted regardless of the date on the seed packet. If they don’t germinate in a week or 10 days, then sow newly bought seeds. You haven’t lost much in trying old seeds. Read the rest of this entry

5 IPM Tips To Balance Garden Naturally

IPMStriking a balanced equation between all the natural elements in gardening is the key to success. Light, nutrients, temperature and moisture all work together to make a proper environment for plants to thrive. Organisms including bacteria, earthworms and countless other micro-organisms play an important role in maintaining a harmony in your garden.

Any imbalance in the natural conditions creates a lot of interlinked complex problems. The “Integrated Pest Management”(IPM) therefore becomes extremely important which  helps in restoring and maintaining the natural balance. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Controlling Inchworms in Your Garden

It would be real tough task to spray entire trees. Once affected the large trees are likely to recover quickly on their own. On the other hand, you should focus treating newly planted, young or fruit trees to avoid yield losses.

One very effective treatment is to wrap trunks with sticky band early in the year, to trap the crawling adult females and the adult male visitors.

For trunk spray you should use a  2% to 3% dormant horticultural oil as it is quite effective on the eggs. But you must be cautious while spraying on the trees that are not dormant (active) as it may cause injury. Always read the label for application rates and times. Read the rest of this entry

Herbicides are Weedkillers

Herbicides, are commonly known as weedkillers, are pesticides used to kill unwanted plants Selective herbicides kill specific targets while leaving the desired crop relatively unharmed. Some of these act by interfering with the growth of the weed and are often synthetic “imitations” of plant hormones.

Herbicides used kill all plant material with which they come into contact. Some plants produce natural herbicides, such as the genus Juglans (walnuts), or the tree of heaven.

Herbicides are widely used in gardening, agriculture and in landscape turf management.

Post-emergence herbicides act on visible and mature weeds rather than on seeds, This is the main reason that the post-emergence herbicides are most widely used across the world. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips For Non-Chemical Pest Control

Home vegetable gardeners have been trying to avoid usage of chemical pest controls as this has become a new gardening trend .main objective is to garden with no pesticides. It is always better to keep the pesticides at bay from the vegetable garden. Here are some common examples of nonchemical pest controls.

Look for plant varieties that have some degree of disease resistance. New hybrid resistant varieties enter the market each year after extensive evaluation. Roses and tomatoes are susceptible to many diseases.

The newer Knockout shrub roses have strong resistance to common diseases, including leaf blackspot. These roses require no spraying.

Tomatoes suffer from a wide range of disease problems. Today, many hybrids are much less prone to disease.

There are many types of physical barriers to keep insects, birds, rabbits, raccoons or deer at bay. A floating row cover is a lightweight fabric that lets in light, air and water, but keeps insects out of a row of melon or cucumber vines that are susceptible to wilt disease. The fabric is kept in place along the edges with old boards or other weights. Read the rest of this entry

How to Use Pesticides in the Home

Many pesticide formulations are on the market today. Some formulations may be used by both the homeowner and the pest control operator (general use), whereas other formulations of the same pesticide may only be used by the certified, licensed pest control operator . If a pesticide package is marked “for use by pest control operators,” the homeowner should not use such formulations. It would be an illegal use, and perhaps cause injury to the amateur applicator.

Several pesticides, or some of their formulations, may be taken off the market, or they may be restricted to certain uses or to certified applicators. Therefore, always read the label of the pesticide product before you use or purchase it.

There are several ways pesticides are formulated for sale. Dusts are dry powders ready for use. Wettable powders, soluble powders and emulsifiable concentrates all can be mixed with water, but the percentage of the pesticide varies greatly. Oil solutions are ready-to-use mixtures of the pesticide and refined oil.

Aerosol sprays contain one or more pesticides in a solvent and a propellant gas. These applicators produce a fine mist or spray. The active ingredient is usually a very small percentage of the spray. Aerosol sprays having an oil base can cause staining. Test fabrics before overall treatment.   Read the rest of this entry

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