Tip Sheets on Beneficial Bugs and Pollinators
Building a Pollinator Garden: How to Eliminate Existing Vegetation
How to get started? In the home landscape, most pollinator gardens are installed where there is an
existing lawn. The lawn must first be eliminated to build a pollinator garden.
Help Us Save Our Pollinators
Many plants cannot reproduce without the help of pollinators. Seventy-five percent of all plant species are pollinated by animals, with 90% of flowering plants being pollinated by animals.
Pollinator Garden Tips
Many pollinator populations are in decline and this decline is attributed most severely to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats. You can help.
Swallowtails are part of the Papilionidae family of butterflies. Swallowtail adults are medium to large and some have tail like projections off their hind wings. Many of these either are distasteful or mimic a bad tasting butterfly.
Getting Started with Indoor Worm Composting
Red worms (Eisenia fetida) otherwise known as red wigglers, work well for worm bins because they do not need to burrow and can tolerate room temperatures. They can also consume up to their body’s weight per day in food.
The worms are voracious eaters that consume the top layer of organic matter and quickly convert the soil into grainy castings that look like dry coffee grounds. They change the soil structure, deplete available nutrients, damage plant roots, and alter water holding capacity of the soil. Changing the soil has a ripple effect across ecosystems.
Common Cucurbit Pests
The Cucurbitaceae family contains more than 100 genera and over 700 species of plants. Several commonly grown garden crops belong to this family including cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins; collectively known as cucurbits. Because these crops are related they are commonly attacked by the same pests.
The plum curculio (Conotrachelus nenuphar) is a native pest distributed throughout the peach-growing areas of the United States. The pest feeds on all stone and pome fruits, including apples, peaches, and plums.