Nature’s Pest Control

Natural enemies are living creatures that eat pest insects. Spiders, birds, geckos, or even insects such as the Lady Bug or Praying Mantis are known to keep pest insects under control. Encouraging natural enemies makes sense because it saves money, energy, and is better for the environment because it reduces the amount of pesticides you need to apply. Here are a few easy ways to encourage natural enemies in your garden:

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Hummingbird Plants

These plants are some of the most popular varieties for attracting Hummingbirds to your garden.

Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ (Blue Elf Aloe)This aloe grows to approx 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. This is one good example of an aloe that is loved by hummingbirds.

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Gardening in Pots

Growing plants in containers is among the easiest way to grow plants. Containers are generally all shapes and sizes, as well as made from different materials. Clay pots are the most popular style of container because they are able to breathe, however, with the correct potting soil any container will breed successful plants. Good, loose, well-draining potting soil is the key to successful container gardening. Look for potting soils that have perlite and vermiculite added to their mix for more success.

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Cactus Care

This is best done in spring, summer, or early autumn. The new container should be the next size up from the old container. Avoid putting cactus in oversize pots as this can cause the roots to rot. The soil should be very porous and have excellent drainage; we sell Black GoldâCactus Mix just for this job. Do not plant your cactus any deeper than it was in the old container. It is best to wait a few days before watering your newly potted cactus so the roots can heal.

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