Many gardeners think of ladybugs as a safe and organic method of pest control, particularly regarding aphids, but what they may not realize is that the commercially available ladybugs are an aggressive invasive species. Attracting native ladybugs to your garden is a much more ecologically-minded way to get the pest-control you desire.
Cold-frames and mini hoop-houses allow for season extension in the family garden, and they can be very simple to construct.
At a recent meeting of the Somerset Beekeepers, Gary Fish from the Maine Board of Pesticide Control explained that many nursery plants, and even some potting soils, are treated with harmful pesticides.
Alfalfa, a perennial flowering legume, is mainly known as an animal feed. But I love it for its many uses in the garden. It can be used in any of its forms – fresh, hay, meal, pellets, tea, or as a cover crop. I never garden without it!
Over the next month or two, I will be delving in and exploring some of the different gardening methods. This week I’m discussing traditional and organic gardening.