Category Archives: Organic Gardening

How to Kill a Tree Stump Without Poisonous Chemicals

(Image source: Childzy, Wikimedia Commons) Sometimes we need to cut down trees to remove them, but chopping trees down to the ground does not stop them putting out new growth from the stump or from the roots and eventually turning … Continue reading

Wings of lace

I was very pleased to see this green lacewing on the coneflowers while I was photographing honey bees. Lacewings are a beneficial insect in a garden and as beautiful as any flower! This one was, most likely, feeding from the nectar of the flower along with the honey bees. It is the larvae of the lacewing that eats up soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars in the garden. They will, also, eat the larvae of other insects. To attract lacewings, you might want to plant (or allow to grow) flowers in the Asteraceae family such as sunflowers, dandelion, and cosmos and the Apiaceae family such as dill and angelica.

 

 

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New home- Propagation Madness

Finally we are in the new house at 860 Fulford-Ganges Rd. It has been a long couple weeks and now we are left with a big unpack in the midst of the beginning of our season. Both farms are calling for our time. Spinach is up at Rainbow Road, and there is all kinds of stuff coming up in the basement which will serve as our propagation centre until later in the spring.

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