One of the quickest ways to get me up at night, is to hear the high piercing sound of a mosquito buzzing around my head. Frankly, I’m on red alert anytime I SEE hear or HEAR a mosquito.
How to conserve water in my garden? is a question we’ve been hearing a lot lately in the Bay Area, and for good reason. We are in year four of a severe drought on the west coast.
With a little annual maintenance to your container plants, you can avoid a lot of hassle and headache.
The key is to stay ahead of the root growth of your plants. Check your pots regularly to make sure the plants roots haven’t outgrown the pot. You can do this easily by checking to see if there are roots growing upon the surface or peeking out of the drainage hole.
When you look at a gorgeous Magnolia tree during the growing season, the leaves are supposed to be green not yellow. So a Magnolia tree… yellowing leaves. What gives?
The first one was caused by roots growing through the drainage hole of an urn, which happened some time before I noticed a problem. You can see from the photo of the urn that it’s impossible to inspect the roots without taking the plants out of this particular urn and check the roots.
Lately, around sunset, I’ve been seeing the same hummingbird resting on a phone wire that stretches from my apartment building. He is the cutest thing…
Is it a wives tale or is it true that using Epsom salts can green up your holly your magnolia your camellia? I myself haven’t experimented at all with Epsom salts for gardening purposes. But I do always have a bag from the drugstore ready-to-toss by the fistful into a hot tub of water to soak for 20 minutes.
Hmmm… you say to yourself, that salad would be awesome with a little squeeze of lemon. So you head out to your garden to harvest a few of your Meyer lemons only to find all the ripe lemons, completely and neatly peeled, but still hanging in the tree. Weird, right?
Word in the garden is that skunks are doing more than drive by’s, they’re wreaking havoc. With the ongoing drought a moist, luscious garden offers a bounty of skunk food. You’ll find circular holes in your lawn when they dig for grubs and other insects…
Alas – DDT is no longer an option, but joking aside, here are a few ways to naturally control or repel mosquitoes, starting with the obvious, their breeding places.