A house is not a Home without a Gnome

Written by Hugh Harris-Evans

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There are some who viewrepparttar cheerful little character sitting in your yard in a different light. FreeTheGnomes.com provides Garden Gnome Liberation information and calls to action. They proclaim that "Thousands of Gnomes are enslaved in Gardens across America. For too long we have let our neighbors usurprepparttar 113438 rights of these gentle woodland creatures. Join our boycott. Organize a picket demonstration. Write to Congress. Free a Gnome. We'll show you how."

Some groups have takenrepparttar 113439 law into their own hands. In April 2000 in Parisrepparttar 113440 dormant Garden Gnome Liberation Front sprang back to life, stealing about 20 gnomes during a nighttime raid on a Paris exhibition. "We demand ... that garden gnomes are no longer ridiculed and that they be released into their natural habitat,"repparttar 113441 Front's Paris wing said in a statement following its weekend strike.

Disappearing gnomes have caused headaches for police forces worldwide. In May 2004 The Scotsman reported that a spate of bizarre thefts had left Lothians police with several unusual prisoners - 14 garden gnomes. An elderly woman complained to police that someone was stealing gnomes from her yard in Fairfax County, Washington D.C. Officers set up a spy-cam and caught their suspect inrepparttar 113442 act four times. Police revealed that their bad guy was really a not-so-bad Labrador retriever named Magnum. The dog had been retrievingrepparttar 113443 figurines and bringing them home. In Australia, garden gnomes started disappearing from one particular neighbourhood on a large scale. They were found in a clearing inrepparttar 113444 bush months later, where they were all gathered aroundrepparttar 113445 largest gnome, having a meeting.

If you have not yet succumbed torepparttar 113446 temptation to acquire one of these cheerful little creatures, let me leave you with one final thought. A study carried out in England in 2003 into matters to be considered when selling your home found that having a gnome in your front garden reducedrepparttar 113447 value of your house by $840.

Hugh Harris-Evans

For gardening tips and resources visit my site: http://www.garden-supplies-advisor.com

Hugh Harris-Evans is a retired 62 year old who divides his time between building his gardening web site http://www.garden-supplies-advisor.com and getting his hands dirty in his real world garden.


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ĜAdd dragonfly larvae, or nymphs, to your pond. They are voracious predators of mosquito larvae, and whilerepparttar mosquito larvae stay in that stage for only a few days,repparttar 113437 dragonfly nymphs stay inrepparttar 113438 larval stage for up to two years, and can prey on many generations of mosquito larvae. And, when they become adults,repparttar 113439 dragonfly feeds on adult mosquitoes too.

ĜInvite toads into your yard. One toad can consume up to 100 mosquitoes and slugs per night. They lay their eggs in water, sorepparttar 113440 pond will attract them. If happy with its environment, a toad can grace your garden for up to 20 years. Andrepparttar 113441 tadpoles will eat mosquito larvae also.

ĜAs an overall precaution, get a propane powered mosquito trap, such asrepparttar 113442 Mosquito Magnet, to reducerepparttar 113443 mosquito population in your garden area. These arerepparttar 113444 most effective mosquito killers around, and they will capture (and kill)repparttar 113445 mosquitoes that your natural controls miss.

Withrepparttar 113446 growing concern about mosquito diseases, like West Nile virus, malaria, and dengue fever, it is natural to feel reluctance to add any water source around your home. Withrepparttar 113447 right precautions, you can beautify your garden and still feel secure that you are not inviting mosquitoes into your immediate environment.

If water gardening appeals to you, just educate yourself, takerepparttar 113448 needed precautions, and get ready to enjoyrepparttar 113449 beauty and serenity a water feature adds to your home.

Scottie Johnson is a life long mosquito warrior, freelance author and organic gardener. For all the information you need about killing and repelling mosquitoes, visit her site at http/www.mosquito-kill-net.com

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