Are you a fan of Taylor Swift's new song? It is currently the most downloaded song in the country and I can't stop listening to it. Don't you think every person has that "one person" this song could be about.
I will never understand the allure of Taylor Swift. Every song sounds the same although the lyrics change and that is what must attract people. I still think people are just drinking the koolaid. I was forced to listen to her entire CD (I lost a bet with my child). The songs played on the radio I liked the best because they were familiar. But otherwise I just don't get it. What a disappointment the music industry is. I can't get my songs played even though my artist promoted their music and the record company paid money to get one lousy spin I'm sure. I am disgusted.
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
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If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)