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Archive for April, 2010

Canada to Ban All Weed ‘N Feed Nationwide 0

Posted on April 26, 2010 by Paige

Ecolawn from Nichol's Garden Nursery - it's supposed to have flowers

Stating “pesticides should only be used when and where there is a need,” Health Canada — the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — announced Feb. 2 that it plans to ban the sale and application of all weed ‘n feed type products across Canada. Read the rest of this entry →

IPM method #1, boiling 0

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Paige

Another IPM method, slow and requires personal animosity

I went out the back door the other day and found a strange red-brown mass quivering on my patio.  Turns out a colony of ants had set up shop outside my back door.  I have a good sized yard and ants are welcome, just not where I’m likely to step on them. So, feeling truly terrible, I boiled them. Read the rest of this entry →

Groundcover pair for shade 0

Posted on April 20, 2010 by Paige

One groundcover is useful, two or three together and you’re on your way to art before you even worry about other plants.

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' with Saxifraga 'Primuloides' and a hosta (probably 'June')

However, mixing groundcovers is a tricky business. Read the rest of this entry →

IPM, DDT and the Sumerians 0

Posted on April 11, 2010 by Paige

Sulfur dusting of grapes - not the way the Sumerians did it

I love how research, particularly on the Internet, leads you to unexpected places.  I started out looking for the history of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and ended up at DDT, the Napoleonic Wars and the Sumerians. Read the rest of this entry →

Aphids and blogging 0

Posted on April 03, 2010 by Paige

It was aphids that started me down the blogging path.

I write a monthly gardening newsletter that has a tip of the month.  The most recent tip was on pesticides and insects.  It was more long-winded than it should have been but not as long-winded as I wanted it to be. Read the rest of this entry →

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