1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 24, 2008

:237 Insecticidal Soap

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:237 EcoTip: If your garden has bugs such as aphids a strong stream of water may be all that is necessary to wash them from the plant. The aphids can’t crawl back to the plant so they die, but the beneficial insects like lady bugs will fly to a new feeding spot. If a strong stream of water doesn’t work – try insecticidal soap. It doesn’t contain poisons but will kill insect pests. I’ve used a few drops of biodegradable dish detergent in a spray bottle successfully when I haven’t had the purchased insecticidal soap available.

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 Additional Information:

I found insecticidal soaps available at Home Depot in the garden section – In fact they are now stocking a nice supply of non-toxic pest controls.

If you can’t find insecticidal soap locally you can purchase it from ARBICO-organics.

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March 7, 2008

:067 Pollen Free Plants

Filed under: :067 Pollen Free Plants — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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1:5:10:067 Tip: One reason that many people suffer from such severe pollen allergies is that most landscape plants are male and produce pollen. Of course some plants are worse than others. Author Thomas Leo Ogren discusses this and the solutions in his book Allergy Free Gardening.

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Additional Information:

This Australian brochure for people with allergies lists plants that don’t produce pollen AFNSW-gardens final.qxd

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