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Pesticides, Nature Is Best
June 22, 2015

(Wild Iris)

Two steps forward, one step back.

Yolanda started PT this past week, and slowly started to eat real food again, instead of purrade food.

The purrade food may taste okay, but appearance will kill any appetite.

We went to the surgeon's office Thursday to have stitches removed.

Upon inspection, the wound isn't healing.

We try again for next week.

How are your gardens growing?

After a late start, flowers and veggies are showing some promise.

Continue saving and using eggshells and banana peels.

Eggshells are a premo source of calcium for your plants.

Grind them up and spread them around.

Work em into the soil a bit.

Crushed eggshells also work to deter slugs,

A sharp edge will slice right through a slimy belly as it crawls across.

Calcium rich shells also provide calcium for egg laying and nesting birds.

Eggs draw large amounts of calcium from birds.

Crushed shells also work as grit the the birds, anytime of the year.

Why not help out your avian friends?

Bananas are called a near perfect food source for you and me.

It works well with plants also.

Bananas and the peels are full of potassium.

Potassium is good for strong roots.

Strong roots mean more blooms/fruits.

A bonus to banana peels is this..........

For some reason, they deter aphids from sucking on your prized roses and such.

For the past few weeks, I've been ripping on chemicals companies.

GMOs and Neonicotinoids, and all synthetic chemicals used in killing off our pollinators and other wildlife.

Chemicals that mess with you and me, not to mention the unborn.

In all fairness, I have been guilty (in the past), of using all of these and then some.

Unless you grow and eat 'Organic', or 'Certified Natural', you too eat and grow plants that are hurting our pollinators as well as yourself.

I know I still eat the stuff, but make every effort to grow plants and seeds that are free (according to packets and labels).

Not all chemicals are bad, but over used, or used the wrong way can still kill.

Too much water and plants drown.

Too much nitrogen rich compost, and plants burn.

You get the idea.

Still, there are natural chemicals, plant oils, and remedies out there that are indeed earth friendly and people friendly.

I'll give a plug for some of the products, as I use them on a regular basis.

'Bonide' offers some natural products.

Products certified for organic gardening

A 'Hot Pepper Wax' insect repellent (not killer).

An 'All Season Oil', when used properly as a spray, will suffocate insect eggs, spider mites and other small insects.

It also works to suffocate scale that find some of your trees and shrubs (Magnolia is common).

Another favorite I use is 'Copper', a liquid copper soap mixed with water is used to control fungus like black spot, mildews, rust, and even blight on your tomato plants.

Use this earth friendly concoction before you ever see a problem.

Once a fungus appears, spray to stop the spread of any fungus.

One last name you will want to remember.

Bonide 'Turbo'.

Turbo is a stickum like stuff you mix with whatever you are going to spray.

Yes, even your home remedies.

Follow instruction, spray with your desired earth friendly pesticide, or fungicide and no worries for a few weeks, except to touch up new growth.

Turbo will stick for a few weeks, even after rain storms.

One Word Of Advice......

Clean your sprayer after use, or it will tubes will be plugged up and now your sprayer is useless.

I learned that the hard way.

Nature Is Best:

(Female Robin with Worm.)

When God created this magnificent planet we call earth, He made a perfect check and balance system.

He also put human beings in charge.

Be good stewards.

Over the course of history, the human race has been anything but good stewards.

Well, except for you and me :-)

He created Beneficial Insects to feed on bad bugs.

Birds, toads, lizards, and such to feed on all sorts of insects.

All of the toxins people dump on the plants and into the soil kill off, not only the pests, but all of the rest as well.

Fewer bees and butterflies, fewer Ladybugs and Lacewings.

Fewer songbirds, and dragonflies.

Earthworms disappear......

Evan the chipmunks (pictured below, frozen as if it spotted a predator or something) will disappear from lack of food and toxins.

On top of it all, insects and weeds are becoming more resistant (super bugs and weeds).

Newer and more toxic chemicals are used, or we double up on what we have.

Where will it end?

Please, think twice before you use chemicals.

Allow Nature to take hold.

At least in your flowers gardens where life explodes.

Nature is Best.

Well <>, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Isn't this true with anything, from work to telling the truth.

When we tell a lie, we are forever trying to explain it away.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed,
rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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