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Posted on 03 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Cats in the Garden: Shew Cat Shew

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Photo Credit: Garden helper by play4smee used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo Credit: Garden helper by play4smee used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

When I was a child, cats in the garden were never really a problem.

My dogs normally chased them up to the barn and that was that.

Once I got married and moved to the urban jungle, I quickly learned about a horror tale called the “Black Cat and the Garden.”

While I am not superstitious and did own two black cats at the time, I did have a problem with this one black cat. My neighbors had associated the sight of the black cat and bad luck, especially in the garden.

I knew this was not true and instead tried to teach them the true reason for their plants dying. It was not black magic or bad luck but instead a cat’s need to go to the bathroom.

At this point, you may wonder, as my Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Simple Ways of Protecting Your Garden from Pest the Organic Way

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Photo Credit: Cat in the garden by Alex Balan used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: Cat in the garden by Alex Balan used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Pests can come in many different forms and can appear at different times of the season.

Some pests are easy to control or eliminate from that part of the garden while others can be more challenging.

The key to organically controlling a pest is a three-fold process.

The first stage is prevention, which is followed by knowing one’s pest and finally coming up with a management plan.

Prevention is an important stage when it comes to pest control. This can range from planting plants that are not susceptible to certain pest, such as nematodes and removing plant material from the garden space at the end of the season.

The next stage is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 29 January 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

5 Ways to Protect Ones Fruit Crop

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Oh how I love blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and gooseberries but so does rabbits, deer and other creatures of the wild.

While I am completely against killing these creatures great and small, I do utilize organic techniques that deter them away from my fruit crops.

Below are 5 techniques that I have used successfully.

The key to using these techniques is to always change it up. Animals, just like humans, become accustomed to everyday noises and distractions. Changing it up, keeps the animals on their toes or claws, no pun intended, and protects your crop.

1. Flash Tape – This tape is a specially designed tape that is red on one side and silver on the other. The tape is strung so that it twists upon it self. This twisting moves in the wind and gives the illusion of fire. To utilize this technique to its fullest, only put it out when you begin to see damage and take down at the end of the season or when the fruit is gone. Leaving it up will allow the animals to get used to it and it will become ineffective.

2. Loud Noises – A radio playing loudly can Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 June 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Letting Nature Handle Garden Pests

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was reading an article about how this year’s mild winter is going to create an environment full of pests.

Many pests were not killed due to the winter wind and freezes; instead mesquites have shown up in many areas in February while butterflies could be found flying the first of March.

In doing so, many people wonder what this year’s garden season is going to be like.

But I am not going to worry about it. Nature has a way of dealing with pests and utilizing nature’s techniques will help me have a successful gardening season without having to use alternative methods.

Start with Healthy Plants

Healthy plants are just one way to start the season off right. It has been discovered that pests do not Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 03 March 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Horror Film 2012: The “Hairy Crazy Ant”

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was reading an article about how expensive invasive species are to the environment.

Some species just become a simple nuisance while others completely take over and change an environment.

A common example of this situation occurred several hundred years ago when the first “white men” entered North America. As we do today, they wanted to bring the comforts of home.

These include spices, traditions, plants, and animals. In the beginning, the environment was able to handle these newcomers to the land. But the beauty of the land was not enough and in doing so it had to be Read the rest of this entry »

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