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Managing Aphids in the Garden
By: Admin    July 20 2018 , 08:20 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Are aphids keeping you down? Aphids are a troublesome pest that have the potential to wreak havoc on trees and gardens.  Aphids are soft, pear-shaped bugs and come in a variety of colors such as black, green, gray, yellow, light green, and sometimes pink. Aphids reproduce rather quickly and can spread diseases to other plants, but eradicating them is not impossible. Noticing an Aphid Problem Due to their small size, they can be hard to spot with the naked eye. There are other ways to detect these insects, however. Aphids feed by using their proboscis to suck the fluid from plants, typically on buds or young shoots. This causes leaves to curl, stunt, or yellow. They will leave the leaves or stems covered in “honeydew,” which is a sticky sap secreted by the aphids. This sap will attract ants to plants and can cause sooty mold to grow on branches and leaves that make them...
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How Snakes Can Help Your Garden
By: Admin    July 16 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Snakes , Gardening
Did you know that snakes can be helpful gardening companions? Despite their helpful traits, more people are afraid of snakes than of public speaking. Snakes have a dangerous and repugnant reputation to humans. Usually, the initial reaction when one sees a snake is to get rid of it as soon as possible. If you have a garden, however, some snakes could actually earn their keep and protect your plants from being eaten! Garter Snakes The garter snake is probably the most well-known garden snake. Garter snakes are non-venomous and there are about 35 different species of them. Most garter snakes can be identified by the three stripes that run along the length of their body. However, some garter snakes do not have any stripes, and others have a checkered pattern instead. They tend to have a light underbelly and come in red, gray, turquoise, orange, yellow, and green. Their bodies are slim a...
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Teaching Kids to Appreciate Nature
By: Admin    July 06 2018 , 06:00 am
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Category: Children , Nature
Some of the best childhood memories are made outside. Children’s imagination and energy should be nurtured, and nature is the perfect teacher. Playing outdoors is not only great for a child’s physical health but provides mental, social and academic benefits to their development through adolescence. Leave the video games inside and connect with nature instead! What’s So Great About Outside? Studies have shown that there is an academic advantage to the great outdoors. Science test scores improve by 27 percent when schools incorporate nature-based education and outdoor classrooms. Kids who are allowed unstructured playtime outside have improved social relations. They tend to learn about teamwork, make friends easier, and problem-solve which are critical life skills. Interacting with nature has also been shown to enhance children’s cognitive abilities and reduce sympto...
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Understanding Hardiness Zones
By: Admin    July 05 2018 , 03:00 pm
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Category: Climate , Plant Care
“Hardiness” is a term that comes up a lot in crop and flower research. It refers to a plant or crop’s hardiness zone, growing zone, or planting zone. There are different climate zones in which a particular plant can survive. Some plants can survive in very cold zones, very hot zones, moderate zones, or the majority of them. The Zones There are currently 13 zones. Each zone has a 10 degree difference. Within each zone, there are subzones A and B that divide the zone by a 5 degree difference. All of the temperatures that make up the zones are decided by those areas’ average annual minimum winter temperature. The continental United States does not go above zone 11a, which reaches an average 45 degrees. However, Hawaii and Puerto Rico both reach zone 13, achieving average winter temperatures of 70 degrees. On the opposite side of the temperature spectrum, Alaska i...
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Chore Chart for Your Summer Garden
By: Admin    July 05 2018 , 04:10 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Need a chore schedule for your summer garden? It is easy to let those lazy summer days pass by in a haze. Optimize your garden with this month-by-month guide of the best way to budget your time this summer! You will have beautiful blooms the entire season, and be prepared for the autumn climate shift when the time comes. June The first month of summer is a great time to get work done before the hottest days of summer approach. Take advantage of the beautiful June weather before the scorching heat of late summer and get all your seeds planted that you have been saving up. June is a great time to mulch if you want to reap the benefits. Mow your grass to about 2 1/2 inches in length. Any shorter can cause weeds and increase the damage done by drought. Deadhead and pinch back flowers and plants that need it. Succession planting can be a great way to plan crops f...
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