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Growing a Disaster Preparedness Kit

Growing a Disaster Preparedness Kit: September was National Preparedness Month but anytime is a good…

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pagewoman: Nature Chart by Jessica Roux

pagewoman:

Nature Chart

by Jessica Roux

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malformalady: Fairy rings have a rich folkloric background. In…

malformalady:

Fairy rings have a rich folkloric background. In Europe, they’ve been called elf rings, witches rings and sorcerer’s rings. Their tendency to occur in woodland areas have linked them with supernatural stories of fairies and other elusive creatures.

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heaveninawildflower: Rose illustrations taken from ‘Fragmenta…


https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Fragmenta_Botanica?uselang=en-gb

heaveninawildflower:

Rose illustrations taken from
‘Fragmenta Botanica’

(
1800-1809

) by
Nikolaus Joseph
Jacquin,
Mathiae Andreae Schmid.

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Rare Books Collection. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/287736

Wikimedia.

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Foraging with Ava for ingredients to make hedgerow jelly. We…

Foraging with Ava for ingredients to make hedgerow jelly. We found blackberries, sloes, haws, rose hips, apples and crab apples.

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We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the…

We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the meantime we have been harvesting, cooking and storing all we can. I will miss this dear Bramley apple tree that we were given by our neighbours as they never had any fruit off of it! Poppy and Baskerville also thought they would help Matt pick some apples!

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Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking…

Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking throughout the winter. They make a great substitute for butter beans.

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When it starts to warm up, usually over 75°F lettuce plants like…

When it starts to warm up, usually over 75°F lettuce plants like to bolt aka go to flower. Once it bolts the lettuce is typically more bitter and tough and not so great to eat, often times people will pull it out and use the space to replant. If you let the lettuce do its thing you have a chance to collect seeds for your next growing season. It will bloom flowers that pollinators love and then just like a dandelion it will close up and reopen with the little white fuzzies. As soon as they do this it is time to collect! You will be amazed at how many seeds each flower head contains. I just snipped off every little flower head with the fuzzies and brought them in side to seperate. You’ll want to make sure you spread them out and let then dry before long term storage. Store them in a cool dry place or in the freezer for a more extended “shelf life”.

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I wanted to highlight a few of the GOOD bugs you will hopefully…

I wanted to highlight a few of the GOOD bugs you will hopefully see visit your garden. There are tons of bugs that are very helpful to your garden these are three of my favorites that I have been lucky enough to welcome to my own garden. All three have been vital in keeping the “bad” bugs at bay, they have been crucial players on my offensive team ?. Diatemacious Earth can be harmful to some of these good bugs (especially pollinators) but if your using Neem Oil you can rest assured it will not harm these guys, Neem Oil dries on the leaves and kills/deters the bugs who are eating the leaves not the bugs who eat other bugs.
The European Mantis or Mantis religiosa is a large hemimetabolic insect in the family of the Mantidae (‘mantids’). Females prefer to deposit their eggs on solid substrates at warm and sunny sites. Most eggs from one ootheca hatch at the same time along the entire convex site as worm-like pre-larva . The hatchings always occur in the mornings. Mantids are a carnivorous ambush predator that actively scans its environment and feeds on most insects that are not too large to be captured by rapid extension of its raptorial legs. Only living and moving prey is captured and consumed immediately using their powerful mandibles. Grasshoppers seem to be rather popular, probably maybe because of their type of movement (flying or leaping) but crickets and cockroaches are also frequently preyed upon.
Ladybugs are a Coccinellidae, a widespread family of small beetles ranging from 0.8 to 18 mm (0.03 to 0.71 inches). Ladybugs are considered useful insects, because they prey on herbivorous homopterans such as aphids or scale insects, which are agricultural pests. Many coccinellids lay their eggs directly in aphid and scale insect colonies in order to ensure their larvae have an immediate food source.
Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae. They are very common in North America and Europe. They are often simply called “lacewings”. Eggs are deposited at night, singly or in small groups; one female produces some 100–200 eggs. Eggs are placed on plants, usually where aphids are present nearby in numbers. Each egg is hung on a slender stalk about 1 cm long, usually on the underside of a leaf. Immediately after hatching, the larvae moult, then ascend the egg stalk to feed. They are voracious predators, attacking most insects of suitable size, especially soft-bodied ones (aphids, caterpillars and other insect larvae, insect eggs, and at high population densities also each other). depending on species and environmental conditions, some green lacewings will eat only about 150 prey items in their entire life, in other cases 100 aphids will be eaten in a single week.

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