Having Fun With Nature
What's Going on Now!
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Spring has sprung
Insecticidal Soap Spray
As the poem says, spring is upon us. And one with spring are the insects, and the first of these are the aphids.
Rather than spraying them with toxic chemicals, why not try "Insecticidal Soap Spray". You, your plants, the environment, everything will like it...except the insects.
Into a quart spray bottle add:
- 1 tbsp. of shaved soap (not detergent), something like Ivory Soap
Place the cap on the bottle, shake, and allow to sit for at least one day.
Shake before using, and spray on and around the insects and insect damage. You can also spray to prevent insect damage before insects arrive. Reapply the spray after a rain.
The Monarchs are Coming...The Monarchs are Coming
Another right of spring is the annual migration of Monarch butterflies from their winter residence in the forests of Mexico to North America.
You can help scientists at the University of Minnesota learn more about these animals by watching for Monarchs and checking to see if milkweed in your area has any eggs or larvae.
Complete details are on the Monarch Larva Monitoring Site at www.mlmp.org.
After your seedlings have grown, and probably been re-potted, it's time to move them outdoors.
After three or four days, move them to full sunlight where they are exposed to breezes, but not strong winds.
After two or three days in this spot, they are ready to go into the garden, or into an outside container.