7 Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

7 Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

Organic Pest & Disease Control
This beautiful infographic was provided by Organic Lesson. Be sure to visit and like him on facebook @OrganicLesson :) Handling pests is one of many battles that gardeners have to face on a day-to-day basis. Having a few garden pests does not hurt but if you let the population grow out of control then that may lead to all sorts of damage to your precious plants. One natural method that can help prevent a pest outbreak is by introducing beneficial insects. This is the act of introducing insect predators that prey on the garden pests. Some of these insects, such as spiders and praying mantis, you may have already heard of. In the following infographic, you can learn about seven insects that can help control the population of common garden…
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Pre-Sprouting Seeds

Pre-Sprouting Seeds

Starting Seeds
Poor seed germination is often the result of planting in cold soil. Place pre-sprouting seeds between layers of moist paper towels. Keep moist and in a dark place. These "Pre-sprouted seeds" may become successfully established when dormant seeds fail. There is an article on ideal germination temperatures to achieve more success starting your garden seeds growing! Pre-sprouted seeds are fragile to handle. A planting gel can be made by suspending pre-sprouted seeds in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch heated to a boiling 1 cup of water. When the mixture cools, put it in a plastic bag, add pre-sprouted seeds, and stir gently to distribute seeds evenly. Then cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag and squeeze the gel out along the planting furrow. Benefit of…
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How to clean and disinfect your seedling trays

How to clean and disinfect your seedling trays

Starting Seeds
I know it feels cold and seems like spring is in the far distant future, but if you are starting your own seedlings in pots and trays from last year, you know it is time to start! An important step in preparing is to clean and disinfect your seedling trays. Not cleaning them first can set your seedlings up for failure by exposing them to bacteria and fungus that can cause any number of issues from damping off to Botrytis. Step #1Be sure to clean the underside of the trays and pots and scrape off any spider eggs or old nests that you find. Most often they look like white fluffy spots and stick to your fingers when you try to move them. Turn your trays upside down and remove…
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Choosing Onions – Short Day or Long Day?

Choosing Onions – Short Day or Long Day?

Growing Food
When you are choosing onions to plant in your vegetable garden, you will often see them listed as either short-day onions or long-day onions. What to choose depends on where you live. Most onion varieties begin to form a bulb when the temperature and the number of daylight hours reach certain levels. Varieties listed as short-day onions bulb up when the day length is between 12 and 14 hours. Long-day onions, on the other hand, begin to form a bulb when the day length is between 14 and 16 hours. Northern gardeners should plant long-day onions. In the North, daylight length varies greatly as you get farther and farther away from the equator. Winter days are very short, but summer days are long. Long-day onions will have a chance to…
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