Has your under-the-sink composter has become a fruit fly haven? Pour a cup of apple cider vinegar into a jar, add a few drops of dish soap, and place near where the flies are congregating. They’ll be attracted to the vinegar, and when they land on the surface, they won’t be able to get back Read More
Avoid using pesticides in the garden by removing crops that are infested with insects or disease and taking them to an active compost pile well away from your garden site. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Looking for a toxic-free way to get rid of the garden snails that are spoiling your garden? Try laying boards or clay flower pots between rows of veggies for snails to attach themselves to, then collect them. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here. Read More
To ease mosquito and other bug bites, look in your cupboards, try dabbing on a bit of honey, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Or make a paste of baking soda and water. A wet tea bag can help reduce swelling. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day Read More
Putting human or pet hair around trees and gardens not only adds nitrogen and trace minerals to the soil, it can also deter deer and other wildlife that may want to feed on your shrubs and plants. Try stuffing the toe end of old nylons with dog hair and hang it from the fence or Read More
To keep your home off limits to unwanted insect populations, keep counters and cupboards clean of food debris—especially sweet substances—and store food in insect-proof containers like glass jars or metal canisters. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Wood ash can help deter slugs and garden snails—it draws water from their bodies. Sprinkle it around the base of plants slugs love. Sprinkling ashes, or anything dusty, on the leaves of cabbage family plants deters pesky, destructive flea beetles. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS Read More
Beyond Pesticides website: The nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting health and the environment with science, policy, and action. They provide many great community resources, including: • How to make your lawn organic, starting in the fall • How to interpret weeds to improve your organic lawn • Least-toxic way to remove and manage weeds • Eight steps Read More
Experts lay out 70 ideas for minimizing the damage, even before the nasty spruce budworm arrives. By Kevin Miller, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story AUGUSTA — Maine forestland owners are better positioned to cope with the next spruce budworm outbreak but will have to adapt their harvesting and marketing practices to deal with Read More