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Wildlife Friendly Gardening

wildlife-todaysgardenideasIf you would like to contribute to the wellbeing of wildlife, you’ll need more than just a corner of your garden left to run wild. It is also possible to have a pretty and tidy garden that is welcoming to wildlife.

If you are planning a new garden, look around to see what grows locally. If you have something growing naturally and wish to keep it, leave it where it is instead of trying to move it. Above all, be gentle with the planting and take your time to give wildlife a chance to adapt.




slug1Just call my man the slug whisperer… He never lived down the reputation so creatively given by our neighbours. It all started years ago when we decided to plant a herb garden and the basil was scented by slugs from a 20 mile radius. Slugs like basil, it appears. We caused a mass exodus down the back gardens in our street. Our neighbours were fascinated, and rather pleased, I’d imagine…


Flying pests – Dodge the fliers!

flying-pestsAlthough wasps are a familiar summer time pest, one that has seen a re-emergence recently is the mosquito. These two fliers can make your spring and summer garden a nightmare instead of the haven it should be. As the weather becomes sultrier, insects will proliferate and become more active so what can you do to minimise their effect on your and your neighbours’ lazy warm relaxing evenings?


More Thoughts on Winter Bird Feeding

Now is the time to be thinking about feeding the many beautiful, fine-feathered friends who remain in our area for the winter. Providing food and water will attract a variety of birds, delighting us with their beautiful colors against the snow and perching on barren tree limbs singing melodic tunes. We can enjoy their presence all winter while we are housebound. (more…)


Protect Yourself by Getting Rid of Earwigs Naturally


Earwigs, also called pincher bugs, are those awful little critters with the beady eyes, long antennae and nasty looking pinchers sticking out behind it. Although these nasty insect pack a powerful punch if they pinch you, they won’t do any lasting harm should you come across one’s path. They are also quite aggressive so it’s important to get rid of them in your garden so that you won’t be hurt while gardening. There are many pesticides that will get rid of earwigs but these are awfully unhealthy for pets and children. Help yourself and your family by finding natural ways to get rid of earwigs. (more…)


How To Overcome Weather Challenges With Your Tomatoes


This year has brought on a lot of issues for tomato gardeners. Seems like just about everywhere in the world, the tomato season has been a difficult one. Spring temps have been erratic, and summer is not yielding necessary precipitation in many parts of the world. With water restrictions on the rise, this could be more than a challenge. This can lead to far too many hot dry stretches for your tomatoes. (more…)

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Getting Rid of Ants In Your Garden


With Spring and Summer comes the advent of those creepy crawly ants and anthills that seem to be impossible to remove. Ants are an incredible nuisance, and if you spend a lot of time outdoors, then you will need some tips on how to get rid of them. The key? Go after the anthills, as once their primary residence is destroyed, they will not be able to stick around to pester you. Here are some ant killing recipes for your garden delights…

Baking soda and Icing Sugar. Ants love sugar and are attracted to it. If you combine icing sugar with baking soda, they will eat it until they swell and explode. Prepare a mixture with equal parts baking soda and icing sugar, and keep it in a bottle. Poke some holes in the top of the bottle and they will find their way in….it won’t be long after this. You can also spread the mixture around noticeable anthills and let the chemicals do the work themselves.

Grits or cornmeal. Ants like corn as well, but with cornmeal, they are unable to digest it. As a result, they will bloat up again until they explode. Prepare a mixture with some water in the same way as described with the baking soda trick. Spread some around your hot spots, and let the mixture do the work.

Other tricks that you can use involved spreading products around areas, or lines, where ants are known to cross. If they ‘cross the line’ then they will look for areas in your home or garden to attack. But there are chemicals that ants won’t cross, and using these methods you can get them to stay inside their anthills until they de-populate themselves, or use it in areas of your home where they are known to prevail.

Chemicals such as lime, baby powder, and salt are all good chemicals to spread around areas that ants are known to habitate. You can also use these chemicals directly on top of the anthills to kill an entire population. Lime particularly is corrosive to ants and will destroy them almost immediately. If they find it in areas they cross, they won’t go near it. The same goes for the other chemicals mentioned.

All of these methods will work, and require very little cleanup. Once you have killed your populations, the next rainfall will take care of the debris very easily for you.


Ladybugs: Pests Your Garden Will Love

ladybug.jpgEvery year gardeners all over the world try to rid their beautiful flowers and vegetables from nasty, unwanted pests. However, all of the pesticides and home remedies for getting rid of those pests can be very harmful, even if they are organic. This is because there are some pests that you want in your garden. There are some pests that will help your garden thrive and bring you larger, prettier flowers and juicier, tastier vegetables. There are two main pests that your garden will benefit from the most. Those are ladybugs and lace wings. (more…)

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Getting Rid of Weeds in Your Garden


As much joy as our beautiful gardens bring us in the spring and summer months, weeding is a never-ending task, and one that gardeners like the least. Weeding is necessary so that our flowers and plants don’t get choked out by weed roots and so that aesthetically, there will be no detraction from our wonderful blooms. There are ways to make this summer chore a little easier on yourself and on your garden! (more…)

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Controlling Pests in an Organic Garden


Organic gardening has become a very popular trend and it’s one that not only benefits the environment, but also our family who will be eating the food! Organic gardening of course, involves the use of natural products and solutions and does not allow any chemicals into the garden. Once someone realizes the benefits of organic gardening including health benefits for your family, it is easy to grow and enjoy vegetables that are 100% naturally-grown. The biggest problem in an organic garden is controlling pests. While it’s easy to spray on a chemical that will destroy these pests, there are natural solutions that will allow you to keep your garden organically pest-free!