Japanese beetles are an invasive species that can cause major damage to everything from trees to flowers, gardens and even turf. These pesky insects can do momentous damage if left untreated in yards, garden or crop fields.
When it comes to a project that offers a multitude of learning experiences, quality family time and focuses on helping your local ecosystem, there are few better than getting the kids involved in building a bee-friendly garden. Here are some tips on how to get everyone involved.
1) It’s FREE.
I often recall spending time on my grandparents’ farm in rural Missouri, and my grandfather’s meticulous garden - sitting in the porch swing snapping green beans, shucking sweet corn, and running through the mud barefoot during the routine watering. Now that I’m older, I realize how much work was put into reaching the wonderful end result. You probably have a handle on the basics of gardening - pull the weeds, give them a home with lots of sunlight & water, and keep the bugs away. Simple science, right? But aside from the essentials, there are many tips and tricks that will help get the bountiful harvest you’re hoping for. Here are a few that may help you obtain the best harvest possible.
Looking for ways to be more self-sufficient next year? Here are 5 things that newcomers to the world of a more rural lifestyle can add to their list of new years resolutions.
Throughout the spring months, Orscheln Farm and Home carries many container-grown varieties of high-quality fruit trees, including apples, cherries, peaches, pears and plums, that are ready to plant immediately. Growing your own edibles is extremely gratifying and cost effective. If your family consumes a lot of fresh produce from the grocery store, and you have the space to allow you to plant a tree or two, why not try your hand at growing your own? With a bit of knowledge, time, and hard work, you can have an abundance of fresh (and free!) fruit to harvest.
Marigolds are pretty flowers that always add a nice touch and splash of color to any garden. But their purpose is greater than just that.