Hello, I have been admiring a handsome PM outdoors in my garden that I affectionately named Vlad but it seems Vlad is a Vladmira! Also I found an egg sac in one of the shrubs in my front yard. The shrub is not very thick at all and he / she has spent much time in that area over the past month. My question is we live in the North East US and as we know the winters can be brutal. How or what should I do with this egg sac if anything to protect it from the brutal winter? The location of the shrub is right next to the driveway where it will eventually be covered with mounds of snow. Thank you for any assistance!!!!!
They are adapted for outside life, and they will do just fine out in the elements. This article will offer information should you decide to care for them, yourself:
Thank you for your reply, I also realize the weather will have a break & we are going to have a week of unseasonably warm temps in the mid high 70's and the sac is in full sun. Will they begin to develop too quick in that environment?
this fertilizer hurt insects that I want to attract. I have the sprinklers positioned so that the leaves get droplets on them and that sea shells pick up water to hold for insects is it okay if the fertilizer gets in them? Hello, hope you are staying safe! This year I am setting out on the goal of making my garden insect friendly. So absolutely no pesticides and planting many natives flowers and plants along with my usual vegetable garden. Bees, wasps, lady bugs, lace wings and many other bugs I want to attract. Heres the question: Last year Connected to our automatic sprinklers I would have a fertilizer running through the sprinklers. Now my question is does this fertilizer hurt insects that I want to attract. I have the sprinklers positioned so that the leaves get droplets on them and that sea shells pick up water to hold for insects is it okay if the fertilizer gets in them? All the best and thank you for the great content, Thomas
I did some research and fertilizer can negatively affect insects. For example, excess nitrogen can cause insects to ingest nitrates, and too much can be harmful.
When putting your fertilizer in the sprinkler system are you able to monitor how much each plant is getting? Too much fertilizer isn't good for plants, either. It might be just as easy to drop some slow release fertilizer around each plant.
Can vermiculite replace sand in a butterfly 'puddler'?
I did a little research on vermiculite, and I would stick with the mud or sand. Butterflies puddle not only for moisture but to sip nutrients. While there are nutrients in vermiculite, I couldn't find research that indicated they would be the same nutrients butterflies need. Plus, there is a small chance of vermiculite containing asbestos.
Location is central Oregon. Will neoseiulus amblyseius fallacis survive a half inch of rain?
As a gardening information website, this may be a bit beyond our reach, however, I did find that this predator has been studied here in Oregon at OSU. You may have some luck finding someone there, based on this dissertation I found online:
Biological control of spider mites by the predatory mite: https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu › downloads.
You may also be able to find this info from a university extension agent; they should be able to pin this down for you.
I have a ledge that I am thinking of installing on my building for owls to use. I can send pictures of this ledge. It measures 28 x 32". I need advice on some points. 1. This is only a ledge. Would it attract owls to set up house on it? Do owls really need an enclosed box? . 2. I would like advice as to the best location on my building where the owl house should be installed. 3. If this ledge I have is insufficient or inappropriate to attract owls, I am prepared to purchase an owl house. In this case can you recommend an owl house for my location? Any and all answers to my questions and advice about owl houses will be appreciated. Kym Faull
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Now, attracting owls will likely require a space for them to roost. This will need to be more than the ledge, so an owl box is recommended.
This article will help you to attract owls to your area:
Here is an article to help you to attract other birds of prey, should your owl endeavor be unfruitful:
I read your article on egg sacs, I think I have one on a plant I'm bringing indoors for winter. Should I cut leaf it's on & relocate to a bush? Will it survive RI winter??
Yes, cut off the stem and move it to a bush in a protected area if you can. That will help it survive the winter.
Hi I would like to plant flowers that will encourage butterflies into my garden but not bees as I am allergic Are there any possible flowers. One or two bees is fine but most that I have found encourage lots of bees as well as the butterflies Thanks
Try planting red flowers because apparently the color red is not in the color spectrum that bees see. In the articles below, you can get red zinnias, red coneflower, red butterflybush, red hollyhocks, red bee balm, red lantana, and also red salvia.