Insect Control and Bug Problems

There are many species of insects. The vast majority pose no problem and make a positive contribution to the interesting fauna of the region. Insect numbers are normally kept in reasonable bounds by unfavorable weather conditions and by various insect and animal predators. Still, a few species do at times, mar the beauty of the landscape and others reduce the […]

Benefits of using plants indoors

Studies have shown that plants in homes and workplaces help reduce stress, increase productivity, enhance employee attitudes, lower operating costs, help in “green building” design, and improve air quality.  Although many of these studies involved workplaces, the principles apply to homes as well. A Human Spaces report in 2015 on biophilic design showed that, globally, nearly two-thirds of workers have […]

Easy Houseplants – Rubber Plant

Rubber plants (Ficus elastica) are easy-to-grow houseplants and low maintenance, have few problems, and tolerate a wide range of conditions—just not cold temperatures.  For these reasons, they are good for beginners or those that feel “gardening challenged”, or good choices for tough indoor conditions such as in commercial and business settings. This native of southern and southeast Asia is neither made […]

Moles and Voles and their controls

These two garden critters have similar names, and even may look similar at a quick glance, but they really are quite different.  Knowing something about these garden pests—what they eat and where they live—may help in their control. Both these critters resemble large furry mice, but moles are quite distinctive with their large, paddle-shaped front feet with claws.  These are […]

How to Naturally Prevent Garden Pests

When it comes to keeping your garden healthy and vibrant, you need to create a plan for dealing with pests. No matter where you’re gardening, you’re going to come in contact with some unwanted guests. Taking care of these pests quickly is key to protecting your garden from death and disease. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals in your […]

Flower Bulbs Learn, Plant and where to grow

Flowering Bulbs A bulb is a specialized form of underground bud containing, in an undeveloped condition, the rudiments of all parts of the complete flowering plant which will develop from it. These include the flower bud and foliage leaves, which are mounted on a thick flat stem bearing the beginnings of the roots on its lower surface. In addition, the […]

Flowers that attract Bees

Attract bees with flowers A bee is said to make three journeys in order to bring one drop of nectar to the hive; and 25,000 foraging trips are said to be necessary to gather the raw material for one pound of honey. The value, therefore, of large areas of nectar-yielding vegetation in the neighborhood of the hives is very great, […]

Seed Stratification

Seed Stratification Stratification is a method of carrying seeds through the period from the time they ripen until they are ready to germinate, with minimum trouble and occupying minimum space. Some seeds, especially those of certain trees and shrubs, will not germinate soon after they ripen, yet perish if they are permitted to dry. They need a storage period of […]

What plant to use for a Shade Garden

Many gardeners are baffled by problems caused by shade. However, there are numerous plants which prosper in areas where shade occurs, and from these a selection can be made to suit most situations. Shade exists in many degrees but to evaluate the variations according to any set rule is almost impossible. Some analysis is, however, advisable to determine the types […]

Pest-Free Garden – Is It Possible to Have One?

A pest-free garden is something we all want, but is it really possible? Having the perfect urban landscape may cost you an important amount of money (it depends on what pesticides you’re using and the surface you need to take care of), not to mention the risk they pose for your health. The alternative ways to get in control over […]