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Earwigs in the Garden
By: Admin    June 29 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Earwigs are a common garden pest. Most gardeners will notice they have an earwig problem if the leaves of their flowers, lettuce, celery, or fruits have holes in them.  These creepy crawler invaders, also known as pincher bugs, are nocturnal and harder to come across during daylight hours. There are a few things to consider before you take action and exterminate the earwigs. If some of your bigger pests are aphids, snails, slugs, or larvae then the earwig may be beneficial to keep. Earwigs tend to eat the aforementioned pests. However, if earwigs are proving to be too much of a nuisance, refrain from using simple pesticides to get rid of them. These can harm benign insects, such as butterflies, which are helpful in your garden. Natural Pest Removal MethodsYou can try many natural alternatives to pesticides to relieve your earwig problem. Earwigs thrive in damp, dark places. By ...
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A Brief Tutorial of Hydroponic Growing
By: Admin    September 28 2017 , 04:14 pm
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What Are Hydroponics?With our society’s increasing desire to live more sustainably, many people are interested in growing produce with minimal impact on the environment. Plants require soil, water, and sunshine to thrive. But what if a farmer could save valuable resources and skip the soil? That is exactly what hydroponic growing accomplishes. From the Latin roots “hydro” meaning water, and “ponos” meaning labor, hydroponics essentially translates to “laboring with water.” That is exactly what happens with hydroponic growing. Water is directly fed to the plant with a nutrient source added to the water. No soil is necessary, and the amount of water used can be as much or as little as needed, making this a very environmentally-friendly option for growing produce.The environmental benefits of hydroponic versus field and soil growing are numerous. Field crops use 10% more water than hydroponi...
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Preserving the Pollinators: Are Pesticides Really Harmful to Bees?
By: Admin    August 28 2017 , 11:32 am
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Bees pollinate one out of three bites of food that we eat. All humans eat, so all humans should be aware of the current dangers to bee health. In 1945 there were over 4.5 million bee hives in the world. A 30% decrease each year in beehives has left us with only 2 million hives. Yet there has been a 300% increase in crops that require bee pollination since World War II. In areas of the world where there are limited numbers of bees, farmers now painstakingly pollinate their crops by hand. Over fifty types of fruits and vegetables depend upon bees for pollination, including almonds, berries, apples, celery, mustard, sweet potatoes, and watermelon.Pesticides: A Silent Threat?Some of the threats to bee health include diseases, parasites, and pesticides. There are many organizations, such as Bayer Bee, working to preserve the pollinators of our nations. Diseases and parasites like the varroa mite are the num...
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