How To Plant And Care For Geraniums

Written by Lee Dobbins

Geraniums have long been a popular plant for both outdoor and indoor use. The common geranium can be grown in beds or containers and will do well in either. The ivy leafed geranium is a natural for hanging planters. The Regal or Martha Washington geranium does not do well outside and should be indoors.

Growing Geraniums In Beds

To plant geraniums outdoors, you must wait until all threat of frost has passed. Pick a spot that is sheltered from strong winds and gets at least 6 hours of sun a day. The soil should be well drained and mildly acidic (pH of 6.5 is ideal). Geraniums need fertilization for best growth and they thrive in beds that have a good supply of nitrogen. Before planting, apply a 5-10-5 fertilizer torepparttar soil. After planting, you should fertilize every month with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Mulchrepparttar 142790 area and water at least once a week.

Growing In Planters Outdoors

Geraniums can be grown in planters onrepparttar 142791 porch, patio or garden. The ivy type geraniums are great for hanging baskets and window boxes. Make sure you use a container that is big enough forrepparttar 142792 plant or it will wilt (you may need to replant to prevent wilting asrepparttar 142793 plant grows). Use a soil that has enough aeration – either a commercial made mix or garden soil mixed with peat moss or perlite. Make sure you water it frequently but do not let it sit in water.

Growing Indoors The Martha Washington geraniums are not suited for outdoor growing but can be beautiful indoor plants. Put our plant in a sunny window for best flowering. Plant in a well drained soil and use a fertilizer formulated for indoor plants. Fertilize monthly when plant is flowering but cut back to every two months inrepparttar 142794 fall and winter. Your geranium will do best ifrepparttar 142795 day time temps are around 65 degrees with night temperature around 55.

Biocontrol Agents for Organic Farming… the terminology

Written by A.O. Kime

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Biocontrol Agents for Organic Farming…repparttar 142773 terminology: by A.O. Kime

If you haven’t been keeping up onrepparttar 142774 latest developments in biocontrols… wait a minute, what are biocontrols? Oh, shoot, you know, ‘environmental friendly’ products which aren’t agricultural chemicals that are used for controlling crop pests. If you haven’t, then this article may surprise you. Duringrepparttar 142775 past 15 years,repparttar 142776 latest in biotechnology, along with ancient pest-control methods, now provide a respectable arsenal of weapons in, well, you know, ‘biocontrols’.

What are biocontrols exactly? Is it stuff you use for organic farming, like ladybugs, sulfur and maybe soap-spray? Right on folks, but much-much more. Things change fast nowadays, ya know. The biotechnology which produces many ofrepparttar 142777 relatively new and growing list of biocontrols forrepparttar 142778 American farmer (and gardener) has ushered inrepparttar 142779 next era of pest-controls… at least as a viable alternative anyway. It’s growing so fast however, it’srepparttar 142780 new terminology, notrepparttar 142781 technology, which you have to contend with first. I think we need a quick review.

To begin with,repparttar 142782 term ‘biocontrols’ is slang for ‘biocontrol agents' and defined as “biological derived or identical to a biological derived agent”. That meansrepparttar 142783 term covers all types of environmentally safe products. Watch out though, some ofrepparttar 142784 terminology might get confusing. ‘Biological control agents’ is a more specific term… meaning only beneficial insects, nothing else, although these bugs are often just referred to as ‘beneficial insects' or 'beneficial organisms’, somewhat slangy terms. Within that, there are sub-categories, insects which might be classified as ‘predators’, ‘parasites’ or ‘weed-eating invertebrates’ which are “living organisms used for controlling repparttar 142785 population or biological activities of another life-form considered to be a pest”. If you noticed,repparttar 142786 industry prefers to say ‘control’ instead of ‘kill’… a hedge maybe?

Today, there are about 30 commercially available predators, like spiders, mites and beetles, which seek out and kill other bugs. They are hatched, raised and sold by companies called ‘insectaries’. The number of parasites put to work has grown also, about 60 of them critters,repparttar 142787 likes of tiny wasps, flies and a myriad of other parasites, parasitoids (host-killer parasites) and also a few protozoan. Parasites live on (or in) various ‘hosts’ (their victims) which impederepparttar 142788 host’s development or generally causes them injury. A protozoan, however, is a ‘microbial control agent’, a different kind of agent, which are not to be confused with biological control agents.

There are about 25 biological control agents (good bugs) which control weeds although they’re often just called 'beneficial insects',repparttar 142789 most common slang term which farmers use. By whichever term, even though they don’t eat or live off other bugs, they go around doing good deeds by controlling weeds. Anyway, these weed-destructive bugs consist of moths, weevils, beetles and flies. A fungus or two are also available forrepparttar 142790 control of weeds and fungus, like a protozoan, is also a ‘microbial control agent’. As you might suspect,repparttar 142791 honeybee is also considered a beneficial insect but sincerepparttar 142792 Africanized bee began infecting some of their ranks, they can also cause problems. I remember once when all bees led a dignified life within their beehives but today many are terrorists and live in weeds.

In addition,repparttar 142793 industry has identified about a dozen different beneficial nematodes, which, if you didn’t know already, are tiny little wormlike-looking creatures that live underground. Nematodes usually just eat roots and are normally considered destructive but these little guys like to eat other bugs. The industry has no interest in employing any vegetarian nematodes that are non-selective, they just want bug eaters. From here on, it starts to get more complicated and scientific sounding. Microbial control agents, like fungi and protozoan, also mean other teeny-tiny microscopic things like bacteria and viruses. Farmers use about 25 different kinds to control undesirable bugs and fungi.

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