Sunday, January 31, 2010
Coccinellidae AKA The Ladybug
Beneficial garden ladybugs for controlling pests in your garden are the most popular and widely used beneficial insects for commercial and home use. Ladybugs are capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids per day but will also eat a variety of other insects and larvae including scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and various types of soft-bodied insects. Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are a very beneficial group of insects. Ladybugs are natural enemies of many insect pests and it has been demonstrated that a single ladybug may consume as many as 5,000 aphids in its lifetime.
Do the spots on a ladybug tell what sex they are?
Nope, that is another interesting idea and fun to pretend but ladybugs of either sex can be found with the same number of spots and same type of spot pattern. You can also find ladybugs in a given species with varying spot patterns and shell color variations having nothing to do with the sex of the ladybugs. Several colors within one species are called color morphs. Realistically you need to be a ladybug expert to the sexes apart and even then many times this can't be determined without dissecting the critter.
More interesting ladybug facts:
In the past, doctors would mash ladybugs and put them in your mouth to cure a toothache
In Switzerland, ladybugs are called “good God’s little fairy.”
You can fit 80,000 ladybugs into a gallon jug
Male ladybugs are smaller than female ladybugs Ladybugs are the official state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio and Tennessee
They can live for as many as three years
A ladybug beats its wings 85 times per second when it flies
Their spots fade as they get older
The spotted wing covers on ladybugs are made from a material called chitin, the same as our fingernails
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Living in Southern California you know that we are hot and dry allot of the time so planting with drought tolerant plants seems to be the easiest and most logical way to go in your garden. You will use WAY less water to keep you garden green and since you have native plants in your landscaping you will also attract native birds, butterflies and other wildlife that only benefits your landscape.
Coming Soon - Gardening with Succulents
Other great websites:
- Bring a wagon - carrying your "stuff" to the car is a pain - you park about 1/4 mile away.
- Bring some cold water - at least 3 bottles
- Bring some snacks - who wants to sit and eat when there are plants to see!!
- Bring extra money
- Wear a hat
- Wear sunscreen
It was a lot of fun and there is allot to see!!! Landscaping ideas, cheap plants, cheap pots and meeting a bunch of people who know more then you!!
Here is the website for you to check out:
http://www.springgardenshow.com/ <--- this is the show where my class will be designing a plat inside the mall for judging.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
~ 2 cups of buttermilk
Blend up ingredients so the consistency is a thick milk shake.
They amount of ingredients is not an exact science.
Some people add clay, fish emulsion and cow manure.
Did you know that 7.8 billion, yes BILLION gallons of water are used in landscaping in the U.S daily. And 1/2 that is wasted by runoff, evaporation and straight out wasted. That is equal to giving each person on earth 8 glasses of water per day!!! This is crazy!! I know, I know, we have all heard we are in a water crisis, but seem to think its not that bad or it's not happening in our area, or we live by the ocean-we're fine, etc. We have all heard the excuses and we have all used the excuses.
But by doing a few simple and easy things we can save thousands of gallons per month per household. Do the math......that’s a HUGE savings!!!!!
Please don’t forget to conserve water…every day. Even if it rains. California’s main water sources have been severely impacted by record dry conditions. And we’re already using our reserves to supply our everyday water. Our water situation is serious.
But here’s how you can help.
* Turn off the water when you brush your teeth = 3 gallons per day
* Shorten your showers by one or two minutes = 5 gallons per day (2 minutes people)
* Fix leaky faucets = 20 gallons per day
* Wash only full loads of laundry = 15 to 50 gallons per load
* Water your yard only before 8 a.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind = 25 gallons per day (FYI plants only take up water during the evening - so water at night and think about getting a drip watering system installed)
* Install a smart sprinkler controller = 40 gallons per day
* Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks = 150 gallons each time
* Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads = 500 gallons a month
Information from - http://www.bewaterwise.com/tips01.html
A few informative Web Pages:
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