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March 1, 2016

Pest Alert! Asian Citrus Psyllid

Pest Alert - Asian Citrus Psyllid

Pest Alert! Asian Citrus Psyllid

We're in the middle of a far-ranging infection that is literally affecting the entire planet. The culprit is an aphid-like insect no larger than the head of a pin, known as the Asian Citrus Psyllid; it can be the carrier of a deadly disease known as Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Citrus Greening Disease, or yellow dragon disease. Once a citrus tree is infected, there is no cure. Citrus crops in Asia, Africa, India, South and Central America have been devastated. But the real story is that the psyllid has been found in Mexico, Hawaii, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and most recently, in California. (more…)

Black-Eyed Susans

blacksusanBlack-eyed Susans delight in shades of yellow, orange and gold colors with a black center, or "eye".  A native plant of Tennessee, they are a popular addition to the water-wise garden.  With flowers that are 2 to 3 inches across, and grow on long stems 2 to 3 feet in height, they make excellent cut flowers for vases and arrangements. Black-eyed Susans are biennial, which means they live for two years.  But in those two years, they attract butterflies and bees that drink the floral nectar, in the process moving pollen from one plant to another, allowing the plant to grow fruits and seeds which travel by wind and re-seed themselves. (more…)

Grow Your Own Blueberries

Grow your own BlueberriesNo doubt about it. Blueberries are hot right now! And rightly so--not only are they delicious, they have many, many health benefits as well:
  • They offer the highest amount of antioxidants of any fresh fruit, which means they are excellent disease-fighters and are a prime player in the anti-aging arena.
  • Recent studies suggest that consuming blueberries helps reduce belly fat, body weight and total fat mass; this is very encouraging news for those concerned with cardiovascular health.
  • Blueberries help promote urinary tract health by helping to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.
  • Consuming blueberries has been shown to prevent or delay certain age-related eye problems such as macular degeneration, cataract, nearsightedness, farsightedness, dry eye and eye infections.
  • Blueberries contribute to brain health by preventing degeneration and death of neurons; some studies even suggest they are particularly helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Their high fiber content, as well as the vitamins and other compounds found in blueberries help improve digestion.
  • Blueberries are an excellent dietary source for preventing cancer, because of their high antioxidant content.
  • Blueberries are considered a great, natural antidepressant--and all without the side effects of prescription drugs!
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Building Your Own Butterfly Garden

Building Your Own Butterfly Garden While many of us spend much of our time trying to keep insects out of our garden, there are some species that we’d like to attract. Beyond being beautiful, butterflies are an important pollinator for your garden, and attracting them is easy if you have the right plants around. A butterfly garden will provide you with beautiful flowers and butterflies to gaze upon, as well as give the butterflies food and a place to call home. (more…)