Black Pepper as a Pesticide

Black Pepper as a Pesticide

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Organic gardeners have known it for generations. But scientists have now proved it. Extracts from black pepper discourage insect pests from laying eggs on leaves and pose lower risk to humans and the environment than other pesticides, according to a University of Ottawa researcher. Biologist Ian Scott and his research team have tested black pepper’s potential as a pesticide for use in Canada. And Scott recently presented their findings at the American Chemical Society’s meeting in New York. They found that pepper worked best with pine sawflies and caterpillars like the eastern tent caterpillar. It also worked better when insects were soft-bodied, during the larval stage. In fact, the pepper extracts were found to be as efficient as the synthetic pesticide diazinon, which is being phased out of use in…
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Butterfly Activities for Children

Butterfly Activities for Children

Children Gardening
I created this page of links for all things "butterfly"!! It is to help you moms (and us grandmas) find crafts and learning activities for children that like butterflies... and I haven't met one yet. I hope you find it useful in your fun filled teaching moments with the beautiful children in your lives. From colorful butterfly inspired headbands to coloring pages you can find something to please the little butterfly lover in your life! Monarch Coloring Page By National Geographic great butterfly coloring page showing the adult stage and the butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. Butterfly Headband Make this pretty 1960's inspired paper butterfly headband in a few easy steps. Butterfly Crafts 17 different butterfly activities for kids! A butterfly coloring page and butterfly crafts like making a puppet,…
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