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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
Old Fashioned Home Made Tomato Preserves
“Americans were big preservers,” said Stephen Schmidt, a culinary historian and the author of the forthcoming book “Dessert in America. Homemakers going back to the 18th century were putting up tomatoes in syrup, then serving them on their own with custard or as a condiment for desserts like sago pudding, a tapioca like dish.
Later came tomato jelly and jam. The tomato recipes, which appear in many cookbooks.. often contained lemon or ginger, and the preserves in syrup were sometimes made with yellow 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
Home Pickling - Pickling Methods and Recipes
There are a multitude of Pickling Recipes and quite a few methods of Pickling. The purpose of pickling is the preservation of otherwise perishable food. Food spoils when microorganism growth is not controlled. This is what Pickling does, in short it kills off or renders dormant harmful microorganisms in foods.
History sets an early usage over 3,000 years ago in western Asia, Egypt and Greece. Cleopatra believed pickles made her more beautiful and rumor has it that Marc Anthony was pickled as well. Full Article