Here is a simple and
inexpensive recipe for Hummingbird feeders.
cup granulated sugar and 4 cups of water (1 part sugar to 4 parts water)
Heat half of the water and add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Add the remaining water and stir.
Pour into clean feeders once the liquid has cooled (DO NOT ADD FOOD COLORING as it is poisonous to Hummingbirds). Hang
the feeder in a safe location and enjoy watching these 'speedy' little birds. They will begin to appear in your
area around the last frost date in spring and migrate to warmer climates a few weeks before the first fall frost.
Remember to clean your feeder each week with soapy water before replacing the sugar-water.
Companion Planting - Did you know that....
Basil, when planted next to tomatoes, peppers, oregano and asparagus
helps to ward off certain pests? It is also said to repel mosquitoes and flies.
Beans are a super companion plant with carrots, celery, chards, corn,
eggplant, peas, potatoes, brassicas, beets, radish, strawberry and cucumbers. Beans enrich the soil with nitrogen
which is one of the main sources of nutrition for healthy plants.
Anise is a good host for predatory wasps which prey on aphids.
It also camouflages the scent of brassicas (ex: Cabbages or Mustards) from pests.
great for adding minerals to the soil. The leaves make a valuable addition to the compost pile as they are composed of 25%
magnesium. They are super with lettuce, kohlrabi, onions, and brassicas. Beets are helped by garlic and mulched mint leaves.
Carrots are pals with leaf lettuce, onions and tomatoes. Avoid planting
dill and parsnips with carrots. Flax produces an oil that may protect root vegetables like carrots from some pests.
Catnip deters flea beetles, aphids, Japanese beetles, mosquitoes, squash
bugs, ants and weevils. It is completely safe and smells wonderful. Your kitty will also be delighted.
keep aphids away from tomatoes, mums and sunflowers. It also improves the growth and flavor of carrots and tomatoes.
Corn is the perfect companion for pumpkins, melons, runner beans, amaranth,
peas and cucumber. The corn will act as a natural trellis for the runner beans and the pumpkin and other vine plants
will smother the weeds and helps keep the roots moist.
Pepper (sweet) do quite well when planted near tomatoes, onions,
parsley, basil and carrots. Avoid planting them by apricot trees, fennel or kohlrabi.
Peas are great to plant
next to corn, bush beans, pole beans, carrots, celery, chicory, eggplant, parsley, radish, spinach, strawberry, sweet pepper
and turnips. Avoid planting next to onions.
Peppers (hot) help prevent root rot and other Fusarium diseases. Plant
in groups next to cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, swiss chard and squash. Herbs to plant then near include basils,
oregano, parsley and rosemary.
Radishes can naturally deter various pest are great to plant with bush
beans, pole beans, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, melons, nasturtiums, parsnip, peas, spinach and squash. Avoid planting
next to hyssop, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and turnips.