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Attracting Lady Bugs Keeping Them in Your Garden
In the Garden, lady bugs are extremely productive and beneficial. The appetite of lady bugs is quite remarkable. An adult female may consume up to 60 aphids a day while the smaller male may consume up to 40. One larva can eat up to 350 aphids during its development. Both larvae and adult are voracious predators eating aphids and other insect pests. They feed on the eggs of moths and beetles, mites, thrips, and other small insects. They do not eat Plants, but will eat pollen of some plant species. Full Article
Pruning and Pinching Back Tomato Plants
Practical Methods and the purpose of Pruning for a healthy and abundant tomato harvest. The key benefits of Pruning and supporting Tomato plants are...
1. Maximizing the efficiency of photosynthesis, 2. Minimizing the risk of Disease 3. Devoting the Plants energy towards fruit production instead of foliage. The end result of proper pruning is an abundant and timely harvest of tomatoes. Full Article
Plant to Attract Bees
Nature bundles all its elements in an endless spiral of life, the plant kingdom grows together with all the elements and organisms that encourage life and growth.
Vegetables, fruits, trees, grain, flowers, birds, soil, worms, microorganisms, water, minerals, frogs, toads, spiders, crickets and most importantly bees.
Inadequate pollination will result in poorly formed retarded fruits that fail to mature. Enhancing the habitat for bees is simple and rewarding, your yard can be a bee haven. There are many plants we can grow that will attract and nourish bees. See Full Article
Mid Summers Vegetable Garden
In midsummer, July, there are still many vegetables and herbs that can be planted for a fall harvest.
Salad crops and leafy herbs, spring cabbage and fall root crops. There also chores that should be completed to make sure our gardens stay as healthy and productive as possible through the dog days of summer.
There are also tasks that should be completed in Mid Summer to ensure the health and productivity of your garden through this season and into the next. Full Article