What is your New Year's resolution? I have decided in 2010 I will tweet more than I did in 2009. It may not be the healthiest resolution since excessive tweeting can lead to not leaving the house, hours upon hours of not speaking, and carpal tunnel. But I recently found a website that measures the amount of tweets being sent per day, per hour, per month and with the numbers in millions you have to wonder if these twitter people are on to something. Here is to many more tweets in 2010. If you want to follow how many tweets have been sent so far today just click here.
If you don't have a twitter account yet, it is easy to set up by clicking here.
You can follow me on twitter (which makes it more fun to tweet) by clicking here
Happy New Year!
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:)