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DETERRING MOSQUITOS WITH CATNIP

The Iowa State University Department of Entomology recently presented the results of a study on common catnip. They concluded that an essential oil in catnip is very effective at repelling mosquitoes.  When placed in a garden, small doses of catnip oil were 10 times more effective than DEET. While the researchers don’t know why mosquitoes […]

LEAF CUTTER BEE

Many clients, during the summer season call to say they found these perfectly cut out holes in the plant leaves !  A mystery no more !  –  these are actually made by a group of bees – the Megachilidae. Typical leaf cut outs in roses.  Thank you U of Florida ! A common solitary garden […]

BASIL

The Folklore and Magical side of BASIL …                       While most of us associate basil with Italian food, it is actually native to India and Southeast Asia. The earliest known reference stretches back 5,000 years to Indian Vedic texts. And true to its long history, it […]

 
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