Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
5pts dry red clay (to hold them together until the rain)
3 pts dry organic compost (for seedlings nourishment)
1 pt seed
1-2 parts water
*Combine dry materials, add water until a paste is thick enough to form penny sized balls. Allow the seed bombs to dry for 3-4 days in the sun. For those of you in California the seeds from lupine and california poppies are great plants to use.
Now while I LOVE this idea, and would encourage folks to try it out, I have a few caveats.
*Make sure that the seeds are for local native plants only. I know cities aren’t exactly natural, but we can still hope to encourage the wildlife that need native plants to take up residence. It would be totally irresponsible to throw seed around from non-native invasive species.
*Please stick to lots and city cracks only. Do not bomb any area set aside for wildlife. The ecosystem is fragile and I’d hate for your enthusiasm to have catastrophic interspecies effects!
L.A. local source list:
Here is a great local resource for clay:
2856 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034
For large orders of clay:
14400 Lomitas Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91746
Toll-Free: (800) 4-LAGUNA
Local: (626) 330-0631
Fax: (626) 333-7694
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Basil. Mrs.Meyers Basil Soap specifically. VERY diluted. Has helped just about all my plants that have been inundated with insects.My youngest son and I rolled out a diluted Basil Soap attack. Next step in the ongoing war, I will follow EarthShaper's great advice:
I had the exact same problem two years ago with my artichoke plant. They all left. What I did last year was to actualize a pre-emptive plan. First I planted flowers the lady bugs would like. Look up insectiary plants. Then I went to my nearest nursery and bought me some ladies...Flashing forward a while later, I started becoming alarmed at the amount of lady bugs (and their larva) in the garden. This year I have the same plan, except I will try to keep flowers around longer and see what else I can attract.