Sunday, August 28, 2005
Natural Bug Patrol.
During the month of July, August and September
is when we , USA Southerners, have the peak of the insect season. From Japanese Beetles to tiny
Aphids, you just never know what your going get.
Learning to distinguish between the good and the bad bug is very beneficial. Grasshoppers, leafhoppers, Japanese Beetles, Aphids, Squash-bug, Slug/Snails are all very pesky and will eat a variety of plants.
PrayingManthis(as ugly as it is)LadyBeetles and
spiders of all kinds are very helpful in controlling
the bad ones. And of course if your lucky enough to have a family of wild turkeys who come for
breakfast and supper every day, they will keep the grub population under control. My hubby is not a hunter and we would never dream of killing one of these beautiful creatures. But there is a hunting season here when it is legal to kill a certain number per person who has a license to hunt, so later in the autumn they will go deep into the woods for protection. Hopefully this family will live to return next year!
The gardens are starting to slow down a tiny bit as far as new growth. Still a lot of cutting to do on the Mints and Thyme. I'm allowing one bed of each: Oregano, Basil, Marjoram and Chives to flower, and they are so pretty. Rosemary, Thyme and Sage is very hardy and will continue to produce right through the autumn months, they will also survive the winter in the ground if you protect them with a good cover of hay or light branches ,etc. The amount of protection depends of course on where you are located and the severity of your winter months.
We have dried gallons upon gallons of all the herbs and looking forward to sharing our wonderful
Herb Blends with all of our friends, family and customers , both local and around the world.
We have customers who have become 'friends' in England and Canada.
I love the connections that the Internet allows us to make. We truly are living in what will be a great time in the history of communication.
You may view the products we have for market by going to the Sage Hill Farms website.
As always feel free to contact us if you have questions or just wish to visit.