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Gardener's Supply Co.

Fall Foliage&Antiques
Winter 2001 photos
Winter Gardens/2001
Attract Bees
Attract More Bug -Eating Birds
Wild Flowers
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Garden Tips:
Glenn & I prefer to use organic products to control garden pests whenever possible or feasible as the case may be.

Applying liquid fertilizer on the surface to feed plants with deep root systems is not very effective and can be costly.

Try using fertilizer pipes.  Cut foot long lengths of 1 1/2 inch plastic pipe and  insert into the soil near the plant's root system.  Pour a pint or two, depending on plant size, into these tubes every three weeks or so.  Your plants will thrive using this method.

Rose bushes, various vines and clematis do very well with this type of feeding system.

For Better Roses:
Spread 1/2 cup of Epsom salats around base of roses eachSpring.The magnesium sulfate in Epsom salts  is an important mineral for healthy roses.

Control aphids,spider mites, scale, mealybugs, and caterpillars by mixing one cup of cooking oil, one tablespoon of liquid soap, and one cup of water.  Spray on plants as needed.  I spray once a week and have had good luck in keeping the aphids under control.

Limit Slug Damage:
Apply a ring of wood ashes or crushed egg shells around plants that are subject  to slug damage.  They have tender under-bellies and hate crawling over debris.
They love hostas.  If you don't have the above avaliable try using sand and wood chips.  I use the wood ashes because Glenn has a wood stove in his shop and have had  great success in eliminating slug damage to my hostas.
Four Ways to Increase Pollinator Activity in Your Yard
1. Plant nectar and pollen-rich flowers like bee balm, butterfly bush, dill and fennel.
2. Go organic! Toxic pesticides don’t just kill the “bad” bugs; they also kill insects that are predators and pollinators.
3. Put away your mower. Letting hedgerows and pastures grow provides shelter for ground nesters like bumblebees.
4. Provide artificial nesting habitat like birdhouses, bat boxes and bee condos.

Container Gardens

Tips For Better Herb Garden
Organic Pest Control

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