Pest Control for the Vegetable Garden

Written by Karen Gross

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Live traps can be used for smaller rodents and rabbits. Baitrepparttar traps with a small amount of peanut butter, check them regularly, and transport any captured animals to another location immediately. Wear plastic gloves when handling live traps to prevent exposure to diseases carried by rodents and their parasites. Sticky insect traps and lures are another good pest control. Paint a thick piece of cardboard a bright color to attractrepparttar 113389 pest, and coat with a sticky substance such as Stick-em or Tanglefoot.

Electronic Pest Control

There are several electronic pest control devices available onrepparttar 113390 market as well, including electric fences, motion detecting water sprayers, and ultrasonic noisemakers that humans can’t hear, but that garden pests find annoying. There are some units onrepparttar 113391 market that allow you to adjustrepparttar 113392 unit torepparttar 113393 pest you are trying to drive away, without botheringrepparttar 113394 other critters you would like to have around.

Electric fencing can be installed aroundrepparttar 113395 perimeter ofrepparttar 113396 yard. Some of these products claim to be strong enough to deter deer from enteringrepparttar 113397 garden, but weak enough that they do not hurt family pets.

Moles feed on earthworms and grubs, not plants, which can make them a benefit to gardens, but as part of their natural activity, moles tunnel throughrepparttar 113398 soil, causing damage to delicate plant roots. Battery or solar operated devices can be placed inrepparttar 113399 ground to help deter moles from burrowing in your garden. Place a few aroundrepparttar 113400 garden to prevent these pests from making paths in a new area.

Beneficial Bugs

Insects that prey upon garden pests are called beneficial insects. In nature these insects keeprepparttar 113401 garden pests under control. Encourage beneficial bugs by avoidingrepparttar 113402 use of commercial pesticides as these are usually non-discriminatory and will kill good and bad bugs alike. A small number of pests inrepparttar 113403 garden will encourage those beneficial bugs to stick around and multiply, making your work easier.

Ladybugs are natural enemies of aphids. Green lacewing in larvae stage feeds on thrips, mites, aphids, and various other insect eggs. Trichogramma wasps are effective against corn earworm, tomato hornworm, and loopers. The tiny wasps are also a parasite to many kinds of caterpillars.

Sprays and Soaps

There are many organic pest control sprays you can make at home, as well as purchasing less harmful insecticidal soaps. Many ofrepparttar 113404 homemade sprays include ingredients such as garlic, onion, or cayenne pepper. A word of caution when using sprays intended to go directly onrepparttar 113405 plants. Never apply sprays inrepparttar 113406 heat ofrepparttar 113407 afternoon sun. The water can heat up very quickly and cause brown spots to appear onrepparttar 113408 leaves.

Most gardeners have a connection withrepparttar 113409 earth and enjoyrepparttar 113410 wildlife and insects nature has provided…just not inrepparttar 113411 garden! For those who prefer to practice organic pest control, there are many options. They may not work as well as pesticides in some cases, but they are a lot less harmful and can even add fun and beauty to your garden.

Karen Gross is a professional gardener and design consultant. She provides valuable tips and advice about seed companies, container gardening and other vegetable gardening topics.

The Magic of Flowers

Written by Karen Escaland

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The variety and type of rose will determine its life span, but most will typically live between four and seven days after cutting. Due to their delicate nature, stems should be placed inrepparttar vase very gingerly. In order to reduce repparttar 113388 build-up of bacteria, any foliage that is apparent immediately aboverepparttar 113389 water line should be removed. For maximum life expectancy, stems should be re-cut every two to three days.

Lilies may also be referred to by variety, such as inrepparttar 113390 case ofrepparttar 113391 Asiatic Lily or Oriental Lily. These flower types can be recognized by their trumpet-shaped petals and can reach six inches in diameter. The height of their stems can reach up to three feet and may sport four to eight blossoms. Their color varieties include white, yellow, pink, red and orange.

Due to their poisonous nature – specifically concerning repparttar 113392 members ofrepparttar 113393 feline family -repparttar 113394 National Animal Poison Control Center recommends keeping all forms of lilies out ofrepparttar 113395 reach of your household pets.

Tulips – known by no specific variety names – grow as single blossoms, containing six petals each. Variations include those ofrepparttar 113396 lily-flowering, double flowering, fringe-petaled and ruffled parrot genres. The color array includes white, yellow, pink, peach, orange, red, lavender and purple, as well as a bi-color variety.

The orchid, also known as cymbidium, dendrobium, oncidium, cattleya and phalaenopsis, are available in a variety of shapes and sizes –repparttar 113397 largest of these being cymbidiums. Including all varieties, there are currently over 17,000 species which spanrepparttar 113398 globe.

Personal preference will dictate which flower, color and/or arrangement is most suitable for that special someone in your life, as well as which room ofrepparttar 113399 house in which to displayrepparttar 113400 arrangement.

The Growing Popularity of Wildflowers

While these were once seen as mere weeds,repparttar 113401 misunderstood wildflower has recently gained popularity, as a result ofrepparttar 113402 botanical education that’s been offered by a variety of gardening experts. Wildflowers serve a purpose beyond that of simple beauty, as evidenced byrepparttar 113403 fact that small country gardens containing these types of flowers are known to attract birds and caterpillars. Growing such a garden is beneficial, both torepparttar 113404 senses and torepparttar 113405 area wildlife.

Amongrepparttar 113406 more popular wild flowers are honeysuckle, foxglove, red campion, lesser celandine, herb Robert and forget-me-not. Certain areas ofrepparttar 113407 world have developed such an appreciation for wildflowers thatrepparttar 113408 uprooting of them is illegal. Many people agree with this, since they tend to think of it in terms of preventingrepparttar 113409 removal of repparttar 113410 landscape’s natural beauty.

Author Karen Escaland is the publisher of Avon Flowers a source of quality information for anyone with an interest in Flowers. For more articles please visit

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