Beneficials In The Garden
The Master Gardeners of Galveston, Texas, have compiled a wonderful online resource on Beneficials in the Garden. It includes brief articles and many helpful photos. Check it out and increase your entomological savvy as you learn about the good guys of the garden!
Clever Gardening Technique
Don't Fool Your Fall Bloomers
Some fall-blooming plants get their cue to begin setting buds from the shorter days of fall. They are often called "short day" plants. Actually it's not the short days but the long nights that trigger bloom. If they don't have a long period of darkness, they won't know to produce blooms. Therefore lights at night can fool them into thinking it is not yet time to flower. I have more than once seen a Mexican mint marigold or copper canyon daisy that was prevented from blooming by a nearby security light or porch light. So plant them away from such fixtures to insure that their bloom cycle isn't interrupted.