This video is only 3 min or so long and fascinating. Such beauty and so intricate in detail. Well worth watching
Heath Ledger was such a talent and was taken from us too early in life
- I did not know the power of the jaw of the Jaguar, plus I had no idea that crocodiles would be their prey. A little disturbing but that is nature.
2. You can eat these bugs according to Dr Axe
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4. Rockefeller lived from 1839 until 1937 and was an American industrialist and philanthropist. By the time of his death, his net worth was estimated anywhere between $300 and $700 billion USD
5. About 1% of people are ambidextrous, or in other words don’t have a dominant hand.
I believe company planting does make gardening a lot easier and plants flourish. I guess its like people, you blossom with some of those in your life, while others can bring you down and they don’t naturally bring joy into your life so the relationship must end but on the other hand they may bring joy to others, just not you.
Companion Planting Chart
Here are combinations found to be beneficial over time from Todd Weinmann of North Dakota State University Agriculture Extension:
|Plant||Plant Companions||Plant Allies||Plant Enemies|
|Asparagus||Basil, parsley, tomato||Pot marigold deters beetles.|
|Beans||Beet (to bush beans only), cabbage family, carrot, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, pea, potatoes, radish, strawberry.||Marigold deters Mexican bean beetles. Nasturtium and rosemary deter bean beetles. Summer savory deters bean beetles, improves growth and flavor.||Garlic, onion and shallot stunt the growth of beans.|
|Beets||Bush beans, cabbage family, lettuce, onion.||Garlic improves growth and flavor.||Pole beans and beets stunt each other’s growth.|
|Carrots||Bean, lettuce, onion, pea, pepper, radish, tomato.||Chives improve growth and flavor. Rosemary and sage deter carrot fly.||Dill retards growth.|
|Celery||Bean, cabbage family and tomato.||Chives and garlic deter aphids. Nasturtium deters bugs and aphids.|
|Chard||Bean, cabbage family and onion|
|Corn||Bean, cucumber, melon, parsley, pea, potato, pumpkin, squash.||Odorless marigold and white geranium deter Japanese beetles. Pigweed raises nutrients from the subsoil to where the corn can reach them.||Tomatoes and corn are attacked by the same worm.|
|Cucumber||Bean, cabbage family, corn, pea, radish, tomato||Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters aphids, beetles and bugs, improves growth and flavor. Oregano deters pests in general. Tansy deters ants, beetles, bugs, flying insects.||Sage is generally injurious to cucumber.|
|Eggplant||Bean, pepper.||Marigold deters nematodes.|
|Lettuce||Beet, cabbage family, carrot, onion, radish, strawberry.||Chives and garlic deter aphids.|
|Melons||Corn, pumpkin, radish, squash.||Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters bugs and beetles. Oregano provides general pest protection.|
|Onions||Beet, cabbage family, carrot, chard, lettuce, pepper, strawberry, tomato.||Chamomile and summer savory improve growth and flavor. Pigweed raises nutrients from subsoil and makes them available to the onions. Sow thistle improves growth and health.||Onions stunt bean, pea.|
|Parsley||Asparagus, corn, tomato|
|Peas||Bean, carrot, corn, cucumber, radish, turnip.||Chives deter aphids. Mint improves health and flavor.||Garlic and onion stunt the growth of peas.|
|Peppers||Carrot, eggplant, onion and tomato|
|Potatoes||Beans, cabbage family, corn, eggplant, pea.||Horseradish, planted at the corners of the potato patch, provides general protection. Marigold deters beetles.||Tomatoes and potatoes are attacked by the same blight.|
|Pumpkins||Corn, melon, squash.||Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters bugs, beetles. Oregano provides general pest protection.|
|Radishes||Bean, carrot, cucumber, lettuce, melon, pea.||Chervil and nasturtium improve growth and flavor.||Hyssop|
|Spinach||Cabbage family, strawberry|
|Squash||Corn, melon, pumpkin.||Borage deters worms, improves growth and flavor. Marigold deters beetles. Nasturtium deters squash bugs and beetles. Oregano provides general pest protection.|
|Strawberry||Bean, lettuce, onion, spinach, thyme.||Cabbage.||Borage strengthens resistance to insects and disease. Thyme, as a border, deters worms.|
|Tomatoes||Asparagus, carrot, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper.||Basil repels flies and mosquitoes, improves growth and flavor. Bee balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor. Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor. Dill, until mature, improves growth and health. Once mature, it stunts tomato growth. Marigold deters nematodes. Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests.||Corn and tomato are attacked by the same worm. Mature dill retards tomato growth. Kohlrabi stunts tomato growth. Potatoes and tomatoes are attacked by the same blight.|
|Cabbage Family (Broccoli,Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Kale, and Kohlrabi)||Beet, celery, chard, cucumber, lettuce, onion, potato, spinach.||Chamomile and garlic improve growth and flavor. Catnip, hyssop, rosemary and sage deter cabbage moth. Dill improves growth and health. Mint deters cabbage moth and ants, improves health and flavor. Nasturtium deters bugs, beetles, aphids. Southernwood deters cabbage moth, improves growth and flavor. Tansy deters cabbageworm and cutworm. Thyme deters cabbageworm.||Kohlrabi and tomato stunt each other’s growth.|
Just read this article and am off to the store to get some epsom salts. Reason being have just planted tomatoes and other plants and since it has done nothing but rain I am sure they need some of this magnesium in the form of Epsom salts.
This article if from a website I have never heard of but looks good diyeverywhere.com
Here are the 15 ways to use Epsom Salts in your garden.
- Great for peppers tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes: Apparently it is great for improving the yield plus the flavor. It is recommended adding 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Epsom salt to your peppers and tomatoes by sprinkling it around the base of the plant. If you want it to dilute quicker add it to 3.8 litres of water and do this every two weeks.
- Rid pests: Epsom salt won’t make snails and slugs wither away like table salt but it will keep them at bay. Use the 1 tablespoon to 3.8 liters but know that it is water-soluble so needs to be done often.
- Makes fruit sweeter: when added to trees, bushes and vines that produce fruit, boosts the chlorophyll inside the plant. Thus more energy and more energy produces more sugar. So sweeter the fruit it is.
- Helps stop transplant shock: Transplant shock is something that happens mostly when you are a bit rough planting the seedlings. Epsom salts is something that will help the plant overcome this. To help prevent this you can sprinkle some epsom salts around the base of the plant once in the ground or you can put a few crystals in the hole where the plant is intended. Cover the salts with a little dirt before you put the plant in the hole.
- Keep the leaves green: If your plants leaves are going a little yellow usually it means it needs magnesium. Feed your plants 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the mineral per 12 inches (30 cm) of height one time a month.
- Kill the weeds: You can kill weeds by mixing a couple of cups of the mineral with a gallon (3.8 liters) of vinegar and some liquid dish detergent. Put it in a spray bottle and spray your weeds but keeping in mind to keep it off your plants or it will kill them too.
- Makes lawn nice and lush: If your lawn is a bit yellow chances are it needs magnesium. To perk up grass, Best Plants suggests adding 3 pounds (1.35 kg) of Epsom salt to every 1,250 square feet (116 square meters) of grass and then watering your lawn.
- Rots tree stumps: It is recommended drilling holes into the stump and filling in the holes with Epsom salt. In weeks, the stump will begin rotting.
- Blooming Roses: Adding Epsom salt to rose bushes encourages them to produce larger flowers with darker, deeper colors. To incorporate Epsom salt to your rose bush’s diet, add it at the time of planting and when flowers are in bloom.
- Removes splinters: Soak the area that has the splinter in it in 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of Epsom salt and water. That should make the splinter pop out of your skin on its own.
- Fights Frizzle Top: Palm trees suffer from what they call “Frizzle Top”. This can be rid of by spraying magnesium to the top and base of the palm tree.
- Cure for curly leaf: If your plant has curly leaf a tablespoon of epsom salts should cure that.
- Potted Plant health: Because potted plants usually lack magnesium more so than those planted in the ground it is recommended to add a tablespoon (30mls) once a month to the surrounding soil.
- Increase nutrient takeup: Epsom salts helps the plants absorb other nutrients more efficiently. By adding plain Epsom salt, you won’t have to bother with so much fertilizer.
- Increase the health of ferns: Epsom salt helps ferns and plants similar to ferns, such as elephant ear, have rich, dark foliage. Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Epsom salt to a gallon (3.8 liters) of water and spray ferns and elephant ears to achieve the look.