Sticky Traps for Indoor Pests
If you, and your plants, are bothered by the hordes of tiny, flying black gnats that hang around houseplants and newly emerging seedlings, you can control these pests with a simple homemade recipe. Make your own sticky traps by using bright yellow 3 by 5 index cards, smearing them with petroleum jelly, and propping them up around your plants. Adult flies are drawn to the bright yellow color, land, and become hopelessly stuck on the surfaces of the cards. Replace as needed. It really works!
Favorite or New Plant
Witchhazel (Hamamelis intermedia 'Allgold') is a true harbinger of spring with its bright yellow flowers that open in February and March. The flowers are actually yellow at the base with red tips. This shrub grows slowly to about 12 feet tall and wide, and makes a handsome addition to any landscape. The foliage turns bright red in the fall, rivaling any maple in the neighborhood. Witchhazel is hardy to USDA Zone 5 and tolerant of a wide range of conditions, but performs especially well in rich, slightly acid soil in a semi-shady situation.