Control Flea Beetles Organically

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Please leaverepparttar 141470 resource box intact with an active link, and send a courtesy copy ofrepparttar 141471 publication in whichrepparttar 141472 article appears to: --------------------------------------- Flea beetles are more of a nuisance than a threat to a healthy garden. But if found on seedlings they can killrepparttar 141473 plants. On larger, well-established plants they do little harm. However, in corn and potatoes flea beetles can transmit serious diseases. Potato beetles may transmit early blight. Corn flea beetles can transmit a bacterium called Stewart's Wilt.

The adults are tiny ranging from 1/16 to 1/4 inch long and are various colors, including black, greenish or bluish black, green or yellow. They have enlarged hind legs which enable them to jump like fleas. The larvae are slender, white grubs which feed on roots, tubers, and lower stems underground.

Flea beetles overwinter as adults among debris in or near fields or host plants. Atrepparttar 141474 end ofrepparttar 141475 year remove plants and surface debris to remove hibernating material.

Eggs are deposited in soil nearrepparttar 141476 bases of host plants and may require a week or more to hatch. Treatingrepparttar 141477 soil with beneficial nematodes can help controlrepparttar 141478 larvae.

Plant later than usual so warmer temperatures can help plants to outgrowrepparttar 141479 feeding beetles.

Add Rich Color To Your Garden With Blue Perennial Flowers

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Blue flowers are some ofrepparttar most striking plants around and can add a rich splash of color to any garden. Plant them in a cluster of all blue or mix them in with other flowers for a rainbow of color.

When planting flowers, it is important to remember to followrepparttar 141185 instructions onrepparttar 141186 tag forrepparttar 141187 plant. Always buy plants that will thrive inrepparttar 141188 conditions in which you intend to grow them. A plant that loves sun won't do well in a shady area and you will only be disappointed withrepparttar 141189 results.

When planning your garden, be aware ofrepparttar 141190 bloom time ofrepparttar 141191 flowers. Planting perennials with different bloom times near each other will insure a garden that has blooms all season long. Remember also to plan forrepparttar 141192 height ofrepparttar 141193 plants, puttingrepparttar 141194 taller ones inrepparttar 141195 back.

Below is a list of favorite blue flowering plants that you might want to consider for your garden:

Polemonuim, Blue Pearl - A compact plant with deep sky blue flowers that grows to 10". It blooms in late spring to early summer. Plant in partial shade and in well drained soil.

Blue Sea Holly - This dramatic plant has a lavender blue cone like flower with long spiked petals. It grows to 30" and is a favorite for dried flower arrangements. Plant in full sun - blooms in mid to late summer.

Delphinium, Butterfly Blue - Bright blue delicate flowers adorn this plant that blooms in early to mid summer. It reaches 10" tall and prefers a sunny location with rich moist soil.

Campanula, Blue Carpet - Bright blue to lilac colored flowers bloom for weeks inrepparttar 141196 middle of summer. This low growing perennial grows to 4" and prefers full sun with well drained soil.

Penstemon, Blue Buckle - This plant has tubular shaped blooms in blue to purple and flowers in mid summer to early fall. It grows to 15" and likes well drained soil with full or partial sun.

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