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By Allison Mia Starcher

ISBN-10: 1565127471

ISBN-13: 9781565127470

An individual who gardens is familiar with how snails, aphids, scale bugs, and caterpillars can harm greens, vegetation, shrubs, and timber. yet now not many folks recognize that flooring beetles consume caterpillars, now not vegetation; that dragonflies feed on mosquitoes; that parasitic wasps prey on tomato hornworms. during this pleasant consultant to the area of worthwhile bugs, Starcher, an artist and avid gardener, indicates us how one can determine the "good guys" and inspire them to live in our gardens.

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Make sure the soil mix doesn’t dry out. Water overhead once seeds have germinated using a watering can with a fine nozzle, but do not overwater since the small seedlings may die off in too much moisture. In very dry summer conditions, place the colander in a container filled with water up to the level of the colander’s base so that it absorbs water from underneath; this method will also stop seeds from dispersing before germination. Feeding Use a light liquid feed between harvests to encourage more leaves to grow back for cutting.

PLANTING TIPS Choose plants that will remain small and prefer low light and high humidity. Ferns, dwarf hostas, bog plants, carnivorous and tropical plants are good choices. Avoid succulents and cacti since they prefer a drier, sunnier environment. 4 Get your plants ready for planting by removing any loose soil and gently teasing any pot-bound roots. Make a small depression in the mix, then carefully position your plant in the soil. 5 Add more potting mix around the sides of the plant, gently tapping it into position with a dibber, chopstick, or pencil.

Place a container under the pot to prevent water from damaging surfaces and position on a sunny windowsill or outside in warmer weather. Care Advice Where to site and watering Place on a sunny windowsill in a warm room to aid germination. In warmer weather, you can leave the pots outside, but if frost is forecast, bring them inside. Do not overwater, especially in the early stages because this will prevent seed germination. Water pots regularly once shoots are growing, and frequently in warmer weather.

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