Insects To Welcome In Your Garden

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Gardeners often clump insects together, viewing them all as pests. Yet there are plenty of beneficial insects that can help crops thrive and turn any garden into a well functioning ecosystem.

Plant health depends on beneficial insects that are often mistaken for pests. Be sure not to spray harmful insecticides, or you will be doing more harm than good. Not only are these beneficial insects good for your garden, but they also help take care of pest problems for you.

 

Syrphid or Hover Flies

HOver Flies_tnThese little insects are often mistaken for bees, but they are actually flies. The easiest way to tell the difference is by looking at their wings. Syrphid flies only have 2. The adults can often be seen hovering in mid-air, before darting off. The larvae of these creatures feast on aphids, while the adults spend their time darting from flower to flower, aiding in pollination.

 

 

Lady Beetles or Ladybugs

ladyBug_tnThese beetles and their larvae thoroughly enjoy feasting on aphids, mealy bugs, and spider mites. Ladybugs are attracted to fennel, dill, cilantro, caraway, angelica, tansy, wild carrot, yarrow, and dandelion. The ladybug in the photo is a Spotted Pink Lady Beetle. They can often be found munching on pest larvae such as Colorado potato beetle eggs.

 

 

Parasitic Wasps

ParasiticWasps_tnThere are several species of parasitic wasps, and although their name may sound scary, they have no interest in hurt humans. The amount of pests that can be controlled by parasitic wasps is nothing short of amazing. They can effectively control aphids, scale, whiteflies, sawfly larvae, ants, leaf miners, and many types of caterpillars. This bugs also parasitize the larvae of several pests, including tomato hornworms, codling moths, cabbage loopers, and cabbageworms.

These pest eating wasps are attracted to dill, cilantro, fennel, and many more flowering plants and shrubs.

Green Lacewing

GreenLacewing_tnThis is one of the prettiest beneficial insects you will find in your garden. This delicate little insect has large translucent wings and it can devour a deceptively large amount of soft bodied pests, like aphids, scale, and thrips. The larvae of these insects can also help keep caterpillar populations down in your garden.

 

 

Ground Beetles

Ground Beatle_tnGround beetles are wonderful for any garden! They generally come out at night and forage through the soil, eating cutworms, caterpillars, maggots, and slug eggs. These beetles will patrol your soil and keep your plants safe.


 

 

 

Source: via health freedoms alliance

Homegrown Superfood-Super Cheap!

Grow Your Own Broccoli

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Broccoli is very high in the master antioxidant glutathione and other important nutrients. Like all amino acids glutathione is very heat sensitive and on average is seventy-five percent destroyed by the cooking process. Therefore, broccoli is best eaten raw.

Broccoli is a cool weather plant and does best in zones 3-7. Plant in the early spring, late summer or, in warmer climates, over the winter. Here is how to grow broccoli right in your own yard:

  • Start your spring crop indoors 7 to 9 weeks before the last expected frost. Fill 4” round Fertile pots with 100% organic potting mix and place in a drain pan. Plant two seeds per pot. Water and keep the soil moist but not wet. Seeds should germinate in 4 to 5 days. After the seeds germinate, place pots in a sunny area or under lights
  • Once the seedlings are about 6 inches tall, with 2 to 4 true leaves it is time to harden the plants. Harden by putting the young plants outdoors in a protected area (out of direct sun and wind) for one hour the first day adding two hours to the time spent outside each subsequent day for a week. Keep well-watered.
  • Choose a place in the yard that receives full sun. If you live in a warmer climate partial shade can help prevent the plants from bolting (going to seed.) Prepare a bed of rich, well-drained soil, with plenty of compost.
  • Set the young plants 1 to 2 inches deeper in the garden than they grew in the pots or flats. Space them 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart. Firm the soil and water well.
  • Water regularly. At least once every three days if it is not raining.
  • Two weeks after planting fertilize with compost tea or side dress with compost. Repeat once a month.
  • Spray once a week alternating between insecticidal soap and home-made plant pepper spray.
  • It is time to harvest before the florets start to open and turn yellow. Cut just below the point where the stems begin to separate. Once you’ve harvested the main head, tender side shoots will form in the leaf axial all along the lower stalk. Keep cutting, and broccoli will keep producing until the weather turns too hot or too cold.

 

Fresh-picked garden broccoli tastes much better and is more nutritious than store bought. Enjoy!

Source: HHI Hippocrates Health Institute

Grow your own Organic, NON-GMO Fruits & Vegetables, YEAR-ROUND, without DIRT

“Say Hello to the TOWER GARDEN :)”

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How does it work?

Unlike hydroponics aeroponics uses no growing medium. Water and nutrients are continuously cycled through the tower, showering the plants’ roots.

  1. SET UP

Tower Garden comes with everything you need to start growing, including a seed starter kit and a specially formulated plant food called Tower Tonic. It takes no more than 20 to 25 minutes to assemble, following the step-by-step instructions.

 

  1. GROW

You’ll start seedlings using the seed starter kit. Use the non-gmo seeds provided or use any of your own seeds. Depending on what you’re growing, you’ll transport the ceilings into your Tower Garden approximately 1 to 3 weeks later.

 

  1. HARVEST

When your produce is right, just pick it off the Tower and enjoy fresh, nutritious produce for your family! Join the tower-to-table movement!

What Can I grow?

Tower Garden is versatile enough to grow almost any fruit or vegetable that doesn’t grow on a tree (such as apples) or in the soil (like potatoes) as well as a variety of herbs and flowers. Here’s a very partial list.

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FRUITS & VEGETABLES

  • Beans, such as Lima, bush, pole, shell, fava, green
  • Broccoli
  • Chard (Swiss)
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Peas
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

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HERBS & FLOWERS

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Lavender
  • Lemon grass
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Marigolds
  • Sunflowers

 

WHAT IS A TOWER GARDEN?

Tower garden by Juice Plus+ is a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system. It’s perfect for rooftops, patios, balconies any relatively sunny place outside (or inside with the addition of the growing lights). It grows vegetables, herbs, flowers, and many fruits in less time than it takes in soil.

Tower Garden gives you more control over your family’s health by making it easy to grow fresh, nutritious produce that is nutrient dense and ready to harvest whenever you are.

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It’s Healthier !

Eating more fruits and vegetables is the best way to get the nutrition you need to be healthy. By providing vine-ripened produce right outside your backdoor, tower garden makes it convenient to eat more fresh, healthy food.

Tower Garden produce is also better-tasting, better looking – even better –looking– so your family, including the kids, will want to eat more fruits and vegetables.image5

You can grow up to 20 plants with your standard Tower Garden. Pick your family’s favourites, from lettuces to luscious tomatoes, strawberries and melons.

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It’s Easier !

A which tower garden, there’s no weeding, tilling, kneeling, or getting dirty. Assembly is easy, and it’s compact design fits almost anywhere. Plus, it comes with everything you need to start growing.

Each 5-foot-tall tower garden holds 20 plants because of the patented aeroponic growing system the plants will grow in less time that it would take and soil so you get more produce for less work. (Let’s face it, it’s pretty much self-sufficient).

Plus, when you purchase Tower Garden, you get a full range of customer support at your fingertips – including guidance from your Tower Garden representative and a comprehensive online resource center – to help and sure you will have a successful growing experience.

It’s Smarter !

Built to last a lifetime, Tower Garden is a smart for investment for you. Growing some of your own produce with tower garden will not only save you money versus store-bought, but you can also cost a lot less than investing in tools and products needed to cultivate a traditional garden.

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Tower Garden is smarter for the environment too! It’s patented aeroponic growing system recycles nutrients and water, and it’s vertical design reduces the space required. Tower Garden plants use less than 10% of the water and land commonly used in conventional gardening. Since the Tower Garden is soil free, you won’t need traditional pesticides and herbicides either. You control the growing.

Click here for more information and pricing on your own personal tower garden.