Pest Control for the Vegetable Garden

Written by Karen Gross

One ofrepparttar biggest challenges for vegetable gardeners is pest control. Anyone who has tried to keep a determined deer from eatingrepparttar 113389 sweet corn knows how difficult it can be to deter animals, including insects, birds, rabbits and other wildlife from what, for them is a natural smorgasbord. From their perspective, there sit these wonderful veggies, all neat and weeded, almost as if you placedrepparttar 113390 plants there just for them. And so animals that we might otherwise enjoy can become a nuisance when it comes torepparttar 113391 garden.

While avoiding wildlife is nearly impossible, chemical pesticides are often an effective means of deterring unwanted insects. However, many gardeners are uncomfortable using these harsh chemicals that can leak into water supplies and harmrepparttar 113392 environment. They also have concerns about using chemicals inrepparttar 113393 foods they feed their families. Here are some ideas for more organic pest control.

Crop Rotation

Practicing crop rotation every year in your vegetable garden and using companion plants will improve your soil and keeprepparttar 113394 pests under control. Most insects need time to become established inrepparttar 113395 soil. They may take two to three seasons to get their life cycle established. By practicing vegetable rotation and varyingrepparttar 113396 type of plants grown in a particular area from year to year, you can avoid establishing plant specific types of garden pests.

Companion Planting

Certain varieties of garden plants are less attractive to pests. To deter rabbits, plant green onions amongstrepparttar 113397 lettuce plants. Plant several radish seeds in each hill of cucumber seeds to protect againstrepparttar 113398 cucumber beetle. And when planted near each other, cucumbers will prevent raccoons from eating allrepparttar 113399 sweet corn, whilerepparttar 113400 corn will reciprocate by preventing cucumber wilt.

Tomatoes like to be near chives, parsley, marigolds, garlic bulbs, nasturtiums, gooseberries, asparagus, and carrots. Tomatoes have a natural defense for pest control againstrepparttar 113401 asparagus beetle and are also effective in keeping insects away from gooseberries. Carrots onrepparttar 113402 other hand are nearly every garden pest’s friend. To controlrepparttar 113403 carrot fly pest, plant onions, rosemary, or leeks nearby. Potatoes like to be planted near corn, horseradish, broccoli, cabbage and peas. Avoid planting by tomatoes, melon, and cucumbers.

Some vegetable gardeners plant pumpkins, squash, and cucumbers amongrepparttar 113404 corn. The heavy growth and scratching ofrepparttar 113405 vines and leaves helps keep rabbits, raccoons and other hungry critters at bay.

Tricks ofrepparttar 113406 Trade

In addition torepparttar 113407 planting methods described above, there are a number of non-pesticide options for organic pest control. Human or dog hair spread aroundrepparttar 113408 garden and hung from tree limbs acts as a good pest repellent, as do bars of soap hung from shepherds hooks or laid right inrepparttar 113409 soil. Deer do not likerepparttar 113410 smell of rotting eggs, so a mixture of 9 eggs with 2.5 gallons of water sprayed on ½ acre of crop will deter deer from enteringrepparttar 113411 area, butrepparttar 113412 solution is diluted enough to avoid annoying humans.

Deer tend to be nervous and wary animals and can be scared off by annoying wind activated garden fixtures, plastic foil tape, scarecrows and whirligigs. Those that make noise, such squeaking, fluttering, or tinkling, work best. You may have to move these items around and rotate selection to keeprepparttar 113413 deer from getting use to them. Dogs are also a good source to keep watch overrepparttar 113414 garden and help scare off unwanted wildlife diners.

Tall fences (9 to 10 feet high) planted firmly inrepparttar 113415 ground arerepparttar 113416 best way to keep deer out ofrepparttar 113417 vegetable garden. An inexpensive chicken-wire fence at least 24 inches high is often enough to keep those pesky rabbits out of your garden. Or a solution of cayenne pepper spray onrepparttar 113418 plants after a rain will sometimes deter rabbits from nibbling. Dried blood meal, which rabbits do not favor, can be sprinkled around when planting. The flavor will absorb thoughrepparttar 113419 root system ofrepparttar 113420 vegetables, making them less appetizing. As an ongoing garden pest control, blood meal can be added torepparttar 113421 soil every two weeks.

The Magic of Flowers

Written by Karen Escaland

Flowers are natural gifts that beautify our environment. Whether used in an arrangement to gracerepparttar kitchen table or placed in a vase byrepparttar 113388 bedside, flowers provide a sense of invitation and welcome to guests and offerrepparttar 113389 sweet fragrances of springtime inrepparttar 113390 process. The gift of flowers can brighten anyone’s day and bring an abundance of happiness to those who receive them.

Flowers are Magic

The gift of a single flower is often a reflection of a romantic intention or some other form of feelings that are being expressed to another. Such an offering can bring magic torepparttar 113391 moment, if received by a special someone. More than simply offering a pleasant experience torepparttar 113392 senses, flowers can bring an acute sense of pleasure to repparttar 113393 heart ofrepparttar 113394 recipient.

According to previous studies, a floral aroma can have an impact on human emotions, in contrast to unpleasant odors, which can cause irritability and a sense of discontent. The very color of a flower may have a profound effect on an individual.

Flowers and Their Meanings

Contrary to what you may have been told, there are no specific meanings that are associated with flower types or colors. When givingrepparttar 113395 gift of flowers, people tend to personalizerepparttar 113396 experience by offeringrepparttar 113397 types and/or colors that carry a significant meaning torepparttar 113398 person or occasion. Due torepparttar 113399 widespread belief, however, that certain meanings are attached to particular flower types, repparttar 113400 Society of American Florists has composed a list of flower/meaning associations, in accordance with their histories.

Meanings according to type: Anemone - Fragility; Apple Blossom - Promise; Baby’s Breath - Festivity; Begonia - Deep Thoughts; Camellia - Graciousness; Daisy - Innocence; Forget-Me-Not – Eternal Remembrance; Holly - Domestic Happiness; Lilac - First Love; Orchid - Delicate Beauty;

Meanings according to color: Pink Rose - Friendship; Red Rose - Passion; Red & White Rose - Love and Unity; Yellow Rose - Zeal; Purple Tulip - Royalty;

Cut Flowers As a result ofrepparttar 113401 mounting global market and technological advances, an abundance of flower varieties are available throughoutrepparttar 113402 year. Some ofrepparttar 113403 most beautiful and diverse arrangements contain a mixture of fresh cut and other types of flowers or plants. Contained within this section are some ofrepparttar 113404 more common varieties that are available through most local florists.

One ofrepparttar 113405 more classic flowers –repparttar 113406 rose – is available in a variety of genres, includingrepparttar 113407 tea rose,repparttar 113408 sweetheart rose andrepparttar 113409 spray rose. The nearly 120 arrays of roses that retailers commonly carry contain all shades ofrepparttar 113410 spectrum, such as those ofrepparttar 113411 red, pink, purple, orange, coral, peach and white families. The style of growth, as well as color, may differ from type to type. For example, tea roses will open from three to four inches, with stems spanning 12 to 30 inches in length; whereasrepparttar 113412 stems of spray roses may contain several flowers each.

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