Lady beetles or ladybird beetles are very familiar and widely recognized predators of garden pests. Their phylum is Arthropoda, Class: Insecta; Order: Coleoptera; and Family: Coccinellidae. True bugs have sucking mouth parts, to extract juices from plants, but lady beetles, being predators, have chewing apparatus, so are not classified as bugs. They feed on soft-bodied
The winter seems to drag on and on this time of year for the avid gardeners in Southern Ontario who can hardly wait to get outside to work at one of their favorite hobbies. But don’t despair, there is a very pleasant way to extend our all too short growing season by starting your own
Check out the video from the Nature Conservancy of Canada on planting native plants.
Here are some fantastic resources from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. If you are looking to plant native flowers, trees, or prairie plants in the Stratford area, these resources will be a great start! There are also resources on invasive plants and butterfly larvae host plants.
Interested in purchasing native plants? See that attached document (revised from the earlier version) for a list of “local-ish” sources for native plants.
If you were told that beaver, bees, an oak tree and a purple sea star were keystone species, you might wonder, “What does that mean?” Simply stated, this means that each of these species fills a critical niche in its ecosystem which no other species can. This makes them vital to the function of the
The book by Amy Stross, published in 2017, is a treasure trove of useful tips for busy people who would like to grow some of their own food. With more people moving to the suburbs (about 50% of Americans now live in suburbs), the impact of converting lawns to small micro-farms would have tremendous impact
Now that the days are getting shorter and cooler, it’s time to think about bringing some herbs inside for the winter. What herbs make the best candidates for coming inside? I bring in tender plants that would not survive outdoors such as rosemary and lemon verbena. I also bring in the fresh herbs I like
Here are a few guidelines to follow when pruning deciduous trees. The tools needed to properly prune trees are a pair of sharp bypass pruners, a pair of loppers for thicker branches, and a pruning saw for larger branches. Tools should be sharp to prevent ragged cuts. The ideal time to prune trees is in
There is snow on the ground, but the earth is not yet frozen to any significant depth. You can plant garlic now and it’s fairly simple. You’ll be so proud of yourself next summer and there will be no more need to purchase garlic at the grocery store. Buy garlic for cooking carefully, by the