How to grow, feed and care for these lovely carnivorous indoor plants.
Starting your own hot and sweet peppers from seed gives you selection, growing options, and enjoyment.
Compost happens… but it happens a whole lot faster when you know how!
You may be wondering “what do ladybugs eat?” Ladybugs feed on a wide variety of small insects and insect eggs. Their favorite food is aphids, but they also eat small spiders, mealy bugs, and other insects and mites they can attack and subdue. Ladybugs eat the eggs of the Colorado Potato Beetle and European Corn Borer, which are big agricultural pests. They eat other eggs they find, too. Adult ladybugs don’t just eat bugs. Some adults feed on nectar and pollen and some eat mildew that forms on the plants and pollen, but the larvae are strictly carnivorous. All ladybugs will eat other ladybug eggs, larvae, and pupae, especially if the prey is scarce. Ladybugs in the genus Stethorus are very tiny insects and feed mostly on spider mites. Ladybugs in the genera Exochomus, Coccidophilus, and Chilocorus prefer scale insects. However, since there are 450 species of ladybugs in North America, there are some variations. Read on to learn everything you need to know about ladybugs, including what they eat, and the seven most common types of ladybugs you’re likely to come across. What is a Ladybug? Ladybugs, also called ladybird beetles in Europe, are not bugs at all, but… Read more
Delicate and unique, fuchsia plants are a colorful summer delight.
Easily planted from seed, organic gardeners enjoy growing radishes for their crisp, peppery roots.
One of the best flowers for attracting butterflies, purple coneflower adds color to the late summer landscape.
How to keep Bambi away with barriers and natural deer repellents.
Composting with worms (a.k.a. vermicomposting) is the proverbial win-win situation.
Flushing dozens of gallons of water down your toilets every day can make you think twice about how much you spend on your water bill each month, how much water you are actually using, and how much you may be wasting. If you have ever worried about these things, a composting toilet may be a possible solution. Keep reading to learn about all the different aspects of composting toilets and how they work. What is a Composting Toilet? A composting toilet is typically a waterless system that uses decomposition and evaporation to recycle human waste. It’s not an outhouse or even a port-o-potty, but a physical toilet that can convert solid waste into compost through the composting process. Not only do they compost human waste, but also toilet paper while still remaining odorless. They do this by creating an oxygen-rich environment that enables aerobic bacteria to break down the waste. They can be a great option for just about everyone since they come in different sizes, systems, and tank capacities. Composting toilets are particularly great for tiny homes, cabins, those living off the grid, and many also use them in their RVs. But that’s not all, you can even have… Read more
Lilies are among the most beautiful and fragrant flowers in the garden. Here’s how and when to plant them.
Tips and techniques for planting garlic cloves in your organic garden.