Control Snakes in the Garden

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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To have a snake or two inrepparttar 113313 garden is good. Non-poisonous snakes, such asrepparttar 113314 common garter snakes, are beneficial creatures because they eat pest insects, mosquito larvae, slugs, snails, crickets, rats, mice, voles and even other snakes which may be poisonous.

But if you really don't want snakes in your yard and garden here are a few tips to eliminate them without hurting or killing them.

Keeprepparttar 113315 lawn neatly cut and clean. Be careful using weed eaters becauserepparttar 113316 sting fromrepparttar 113317 fast moving string can kill them.

Who Else Wants Vigorously Growing Carnivorous Plants?

Written by Jacob Farin

Many people who have seen our carnivorous plants atrepparttar Farmer’s Market often ask us, “How do you get our plants looking so good every summer?”

Our secret? Yearly repotting. Repotting is very important to encourage new growth. It freshensrepparttar 113308 soil, aeratesrepparttar 113309 roots and givesrepparttar 113310 plant more room to grow.

Fresheningrepparttar 113311 soil is important because carnivorous plants grow in nutrient-free soil. Over time, nutrients from mineral and bacteria buildup inrepparttar 113312 soil slow downrepparttar 113313 growth of carnivorous plants. This is why it is important to replacerepparttar 113314 soil every year, or every two years atrepparttar 113315 very least.

Repotting also aeratesrepparttar 113316 roots. Roots need oxygen for vigorous growth. Without it, plant growth will be very minimal. Overrepparttar 113317 year, soil becomes compacted, which decreasesrepparttar 113318 amount of oxygen enteringrepparttar 113319 soil. By repotting your plants, you loosen uprepparttar 113320 soil and give your plantsrepparttar 113321 much need oxygen they need.

Finally, by repotting your plants into a larger pot, you give them more room to grow. This will increaserepparttar 113322 size of your rhizomes. It will also provide added protection duringrepparttar 113323 winter months. Some of our carnivorous plants in our private collection are so large that they require 5-gallon pots!

Here are some ofrepparttar 113324 ideal pot sizes for your carnivorous plants: * Venus Flytrap: 4 inches * Medium Sarracenia species: 4 to 5 inches * Large Sarracenia species: 5+ inches * Sundews: 4 inches * Asian Pitcher Plants: 5+ inches

With Sarracenia species, Venus Flytraps and taller varieties of sundews, make surerepparttar 113325 pot is tall. We have found that these plants grow bigger in taller pots than in shorter ones.

The exceptions torepparttar 113326 yearly repotting rule arerepparttar 113327 Australian Pitcher Plant andrepparttar 113328 Sun Pitcher Plant. Both of these plants do not respond well with root disturbances. Furthermore, there is evidence thatrepparttar 113329 Australian Pitcher Plant has a symbiotic relationship with a soil fungus, so replacing its soil too frequently can harmrepparttar 113330 plant. All other types of carnivorous plants, however, can be repotted yearly.

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