I spied this tree squirrel in my cherry tree this summer and was glad that the fruit way up at the top was getting harvested. There weren’t very many cherries and they were really sour, so I was okay with this visitor. But, squirrels can be a nuisance, especially when they empty birdfeeders in one afternoon. Here is a website, http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/tree_squirrels.html, that has all you ever … Continue reading Squirrels Like Cherries!
Tonight I released hundreds of live ladybugs on aphid-covered roses. They had been in a plastic container in a fridge for months and as soon as they began to warm up, they were active and hungry. They swarmed out onto my hand, wrist and up my arm. To have any other bug crawling all over my skin would have been more than unsettling. But … Continue reading Aphids for dinner
This easy recipe is from the book Great Garden Formulas by Editors Benjamin and Martin. They say it’s proven effective, I can’t wait to try it because black spot is slowly creeping onto my roses. 1 Tbsp Baking Soda 1 Tbsp Horticultural Oil 1 Gallon Water Backpack or Pump Sprayer Mix baking soda, oil and water in the sprayer. This is a preventative, so remove … Continue reading Baking Soda Spray for Fungal Diseases
I like it when we use plants to help plants. I am quite positive that all of our problems can be solved with plants. Hungry? Eat a plant. Sick? Medicinal plants. Feeling blue? Smell a rose. Need fresh air? Plant a tree. The list goes on and on….but, here is an ingenious recipe from the book Great Garden Formulas by Benjamin and Martin editors. Apparently … Continue reading Rhubarb Spray for Garden Pests
My roses are suffering from this triple threat. With a cool, wet spring and having been mostly ignored, the danger deepens. The aphids seem to multiply exponentially, small, unassuming and insidious. The caterpillars hungrily munch, munch, munch, without the good manners to finish one leaf before moving on to the next. Black spot is here to stay, and it’s not going away. So what is … Continue reading Awful Aphids, Creepy Caterpillars and Evil Black Spot