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Make a Homemade Mosquito Trap With Ingredients You Already Have

The reason that mosquitoes are attracted to humans is because they want to suck our blood.  The way that they find us is by detecting the Co2 that we breathe out.  That is why this mosquito trap works so well.  It uses Co2 for bait. Mwa Ha Ha!

1st Gather your Supplies

  • 1 2 liter soda bottle
  • Sharp knife
  • Black paper
  • Tape
  • Candy thermometer

2nd Cut the top off the soda bottle and invert it

Cut the top off right at the place before it starts to narrow.  This is important.  If you cut it too high the top can fall inside the bottom.  Once you cut the top off, turn it over and place the spout down in the bottom half.  Now, tape the seam with any tape that you have.  Clear looks the neatest.

3rd Make a simple sugar syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cool water
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast

Directions:

  • Bring on cup of water to a good boil.
  • Pour the sugar into the boiling water. (Careful)
  • Once you can see the sugar is dissolved completely, take the pan off the heat.
  • Stir in two cups of cold water.  Make sure that you stir it completely.
  • Let the solution cool down to 90 degrees F
  • Add 1 teaspoon active dry yeast, you don’t have to mix.
  • Pour the syrup into the bottle using the inverted top like a funnel.
  • The fermenting yeast will release carbon dioxide. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitoes like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.  You can decorate the paper if you want to make it look cute.

TIPS: Put the trap in a dark and humid place, near by where you and your family hang out, for 2 weeks. You’ll see the effect. You’ll have to replace the sugar water + yeast solution every 2 weeks.

Reflective Mulches Boost Fruit Size, Color and Yields

08/01/2011

By Renee Stern, Contributing Editor

Reflective materials that bounce additional sunlight up into tree canopies from the orchard floor can pay off in higher yields, bigger sizes, and better and more evenly colored fruit.

Tests over the past eight years with reflective fabrics placed in drive rows produced similar results in apples, cherries, pears, peaches and nectarines, says Tory Schmidt, a research associate with the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission in Wenatchee.

“I was a little surprised at how consistently effective they’ve been at those three qualities,” Schmidt says.

‘Pretty substantial’ results

Results include a “pretty substantial” impact in size, fruit set and yield. Yields in test plots, for example, have run up to 20 percent to 25 percent higher, he says. Mylar foils used in the tests improved only fruit color.

Higher yields, larger fruit and better color “all put money back in the grower’s pocket,” Schmidt says.

While reflective materials so far are more common in Western orchards, the extra light also is crucial for Michigan cherry growers using high tunnel systems with blush varieties.

“We’re already light-limited [without high tunnels] so every little bit helps,” says Greg Lang, professor of horticulture at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Adding to the problem, the plastic used in high tunnels partly blocks ultraviolet light.

And without UV light, only the topmost layer of Rainiers and other high-value blush cherries achieve full color. The rest, he says, stay pale yellow.

Convincing results in blush cherries

Lang hasn’t found funding for a full range of controlled experiments with the reflective materials.

But he’s done enough preliminary work with three types—Extenday reflective fabric, Mylar foil and a white weed barrier fabric—to show convincing results with blush cherries.

The jury is still out for the region’s growers with Bings and other sweet red varieties, or for those not using high tunnels, he says.

Any added expense requires careful consideration.

Choices, choices, choices

Which reflective material to use depends on your objectives for a particular block, says Jonathan Toye, founder and chief executive officer of Extenday USA Inc.

The company, based in Yakima, Wash., offers 10 versions of its reflective fabric, varying in weight, durability, reflectivity and weave construction.

Growers’ objectives also affect how they use the material, when they deploy it and whether they shift it later in the growing season to aid a different crop, Toye says. “Think about it as a management tool,” he says.

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. in Yakima, Wash., has used Extenday since 2005, mainly in Gala apple blocks. There, the company sees not only color improvements but also up to a 10 percent increase in yield, says orchard manager Dan Plath.

“If [color] was the only reason it wouldn’t justify the expense,” he says.

For color alone, Mylar foils suffice, he says. The company chooses that material for its older Fuji and Gala varieties.

“We have to work harder on those to get color, so there’s a lot of room for improvement,” he says. “But the newer generations [of those varieties] are where we’re getting 70 to 80 percent premium [fruit].”

If improving fruit color is your main objective, Schmidt says, you can wait until a few weeks before harvest to install reflective foils or fabrics. Laying out the material at bloom helps increase cell division to ultimately boost fruit size and yield.

Hold off early deployment until after any severe frost forecasts, Plath says.

Reflective materials substantially reduce ground warming from spring sunlight, which can translate into a degree or two drop in nighttime orchard temperatures—a potentially crucial difference for frost protection.

Mylar foils cost less up front, Schmidt says, but are less durable and must be replaced after a single season, increasing disposal costs.

Sturdier materials such as Extenday represent a bigger initial investment, but can be used for five or six years before replacement.

And unlike the foils, they also can stand up to being rolled up and moved to a new location partway through the growing season, he says.

Many growers take advantage of that sturdiness, placing the fabric strips in apple blocks early in the season to boost cell division, then transferring them to cherry orchards before harvest.

After finishing up cherries, they return the fabric to apple orchards to boost fruit color, he says.

“The benefits more than pay for all that moving around,” Schmidt says. Growers get three to four uses each year out of the same product rather than investing in three times as much reflective material.

The Extenday fabrics work best raised slightly from the ground to allow air flow, he says. Shock cords secure the material during use.

Plath recommends doubling up shock cords on the windward side of any block, a lesson learned from hard experience. A wind storm blew fabric strips up into tree rows like sails, breaking trees at bud unions.

But avoid tightening the cords too much, he says. The material needs some give, especially to handle equipment traffic.

Careful handling and storage during the off-season—ideally rolled up under a tarp out of the way—will help increase its life, Schmidt says.

Reflective material can help make “the best blocks better,” he says. But it’s not a rescue product. “It may marginally help shaded, struggling blocks, but there has to be light reaching the ground for it to be effective.”

 

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More about American Nettings

About American Nettings

American Nettings & Fabric supplies a full complement of ‘American Made’  bird netting, deer fencing, trellis netting, shade cloth, crop cover, landscape fabric, and much more for the lawn & garden and horticultural markets. Whether you’re looking for plastic mesh to use as a bird repellent or deer-proof fencing, we have the solutions and products you need. Our main objective is to provide quality product and solutions in nettings and fabric to commercial agriculture as well as provide retail packages for wholesale and retail.
We do a great deal of business providing a variety of netting solutions to Vineyards. We supply netting for full vineyard enclosures as well as side netting and multi row netting.
The company was founded in 1983 as a family run operation based on high standards of integrity and quality. Although the company has grown and now holds national and international markets the company is still run as a family operation based on good old fashion business morals.
Whether you have a commercial agriculture operation or a home garden addition, we have solutions for you that will save you time and money.

Specialties

Vineyard Netting solutions, Agricultural netting and fabric solutions, Wholesaling packaged netting and fabric for home gardening, Online retail sales of packaged netting and fabric for the home gardener

  • Headquarters

    7042 Portal Way Bldg N1 Ferndale,Wa 98248 United States

  • Website

    https://www.americannettings.com/

  • Industry

    Farming

  • Type

    Sole Proprietorship

  • Company Size

    11-50 employees

  • Founded

    1985

Worms for Your Garden & Fishing

CALLING ALL WORMS…

NO MORE STAYING UP ALL NIGHT WITH A FLASH LIGHT & A GARDEN HOSE!

 

No more sleepless nights.  I have stayed up all night with a flashlight and a garden hose.  I can just remember waiting for those tricky worms to pop up out of the ground.  I had to be fast because the second I shined my flash light on them they would try and get away.  They were the only things standing in the way of me landing the big fish at the lake.  So when I came across this technique, that I am about to describe to you, I had to laugh at my self for doing it the hard way all these years.

This technique is so easy and simple it should be illegal.  All you have to do is find an area with moist soft dirt.  Try under a log or a board that has been sitting in the same place for a while.  Push a 12 to 18” long stick about a quarter of the way into the ground.  Rub another stick against it like you are trying to start a fire.  Do this for about 2 to 5 minutes and you should see tons of worms popping up to the surface.

If you are going fishing, just start grabbing and tossing them into a container and be on your way.  But, if you thought worms were only good for fishing then think again.  You can do this in several locations in your garden to summon more worms to work the soil and take advantage of all the benefits that worms can bring to growing your own food.

Worms do all sorts of things in the soil that help make soil perfect for growing healthy food.  There is nothing like having around 500,000 farm hands, per acre of soil, to work for free.  These little farm hands break down organic matter by eating and burrowing there way through the soil.  As they eat they leave behind castings that are an excellent fertilizer.  As they burrow they leave behind tunnels that make room for air and water to be held and made available to plant roots.  All the while they are mixing organic matter such as leaves and grass at the surface with the soil below.

American Nettings Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18th

American Netting is Going to be at the National Hardware Show May 7th-9th 2013

 

Custer, Washington, February 18th.  American Nettings is going to the National Hardware Show on May 7th 2013 and will be there until the 9th.

They are bringing lots of product samples to educate and connect with current customers as well as make new connections.  American Nettings is also looking for new sales reps to cover new territories.

American Nettings & Fabric supplies a full complement of bird netting, deer fencing, trellis netting, shade cloth, crop cover, landscape fabric, and much more for the lawn & garden and horticultural markets. Whether you’re looking for plastic mesh to use as a bird repellent or deer-proof fencing, we have the solutions and products you need. Our main objective is to provide quality product and solutions in netting’s and fabric to commercial agriculture as well as provide retail packages for wholesale and retail.  We do a great deal of business providing a variety of netting solutions to commercial vineyards.  We supply netting for full vineyard enclosures as well as side netting and multi row netting.

The company was founded in 1985 as a family run operation based on high standards of integrity and quality.  Although the company has grown and now holds national and international markets the company is still run as a family operation based on good old fashion business morals.

Whether you have a commercial agriculture operation, a distribution company or a home garden center; we have solutions for you that will save you time money.

 

American Nettings & Fabric Inc.

 

7042 Portal Way Bldg N1, Ferndale, WA

 

1-800-811-7444

 

https://www.americannettings.com

 

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Watermelon Grows on Trellis Netting

This is a great example of urban gardening using a trellis to grow watermelon. I would use our trellis netting rather then the green cord in the picture because it looks translucent and is less obtrusive. when the watermelons get heavy you can make little hammocks for them out of left over netting so they don’t fall off the vine.

Watermelon Growing Tips

Watermelons use a huge amount of water and will grow up to a pound a day given the right conditions.  One of the better tips for growing watermelon is that if you live in the north, you should start early varieties in the house and plant transplants instead of planting the seed directly into the soil. Watermelons prefer sandy loam soil over others.  Watermelons need a long growing season (at least 80 days) and warm ground for seeds to germinate and grow. Soil should be 70 degrees F or warmer at planting time. Sow seeds 1 inch deep and keep well watered until germination.

To get a jump start in cooler climates, cover the planting area with red veggie booster mulch fabric to warm up the soil and start seeds indoors two or three weeks before they are to be set out in the garden. Don’t start seeds any earlier, because large watermelon seedlings transplant poorly. Plant 3 seeds in 3- or 4-inch peat pots or large cell packs, and thin to the best plant. Sow watermelon seeds 1/2 inch deep. Place in a sunny south-facing window or under lights to germinate. Make sure the area is warm?day and night?ideally 80 degrees F. Use a Seedling Heat Mat if necessary.  Select short-season varieties such as ‘Million Bucks Hybrid’ or ‘Orange Sunshine Hybrid’ if your growing season is less than 90 days.   The Veggie Booster Mulch fabric that was previously mentioned will warm the soil, maintain moisture and keep weeds at bay.  the  fabric is a unique red color that reflect light and makes the plant think that is has competition and should grow faster.  Keeping the watermelon plants warm during the spring is very important.  The best way to do this is to use Crop Cover.  Use a piece that  drapes over the top of your Trellis netting and hangs to the ground on each side.  Pin the edges to the ground with plastic fabric pins.  This will hold the crop cover in place even when its windy.  The pins are easy remove as often as you need to get in and work with your plants.  The crop cover creates a little micro environment that is warm with just the right amount of sunlight and moisture.  the fabric collects and traps the heat of the day so that the plants are warmer at night.  When the weather gets nice you simply take the crop cover fabric off and use it again in the fall when it starts to get cold again.

 

 

Plant the watermelon seeds near the base of the trellis.  Train the watermelon vines up the trellis as they lengthen and grow. Watermelons are not natural climbers, so fix the vines to the trellis with string.Monitor your watermelon plant from time to time to make sure that it is stable. Check hammocks to ensure that they are relieving the pressure off of the vines

        Harvest the watermelons at the usual time. Trellising will not change the growth pattern of your plant, although it can protect the fruit from diseases and pests usually encountered on the ground.

watch this video to lean the easiest way to put up trellis netting for your garden.  You can use this technique for a large garden as in the video or you can use the same technique for just one small row.

 

 

Thank You’s from the Custer Community

Growing Tomatoes – How to Avoid Common Problems

One of the most exciting moments in tomato growing is when flowers begin to fade and the first little pea-like fruits appear. Each day they grow a little bigger until they reach their mature size when they start to change colour and become ripe tomatoes. They look almost too good to eat! However, temperatures and humidity have to be right for flowers to set fruit. If flowers fail to set, blossom drop is the result and those pretty little blooms wither and break off at the knuckle. To avoid blossom drop, mist and tap plants daily to help release pollen. If the weather is particularly hot and dry, also water around the base of plants to increase humidity.

Watering can be a tricky business when it comes to tomatoes especially if they are grown in containers. However, correct watering can help avoid blossom end rot, which is caused by a lack of calcium when the fruits are swelling and leaves a dark leathery patch on the underside of the tomatoes. The first aim should be to keep the entire root area moist by giving them a thorough watering once a week (especially when the fruits are swelling) and water moderately in between. The reason is that roots are only able to feed and absorb nutrients (including calcium) from areas of soil that are moist. If half of the soil that your plant is growing in is dry, calcium uptake may also be reduced by half.

One way to keep tomato plants healthy, especially when grown in a confined space such as a greenhouse or where they may be planted close together, is to increase aeration. This may be done by removing old, lower leaves below the first truss to improve air circulation.

Opinion about deleafing varies considerably. Some gardeners will leave most leaves on their plants which helps shield tomatoes from direct sunlight. Too much direct sunlight and heat can cause sun scald, greenback and blotchy ripening. Some growers, especially those who grow in greenhouses, remove all leaves below the truss that is producing ripe fruit. This enables plants resourses to be directed into the fruit rather than having to support lots of leaves. Plants grown in greenhouses do not usually have their fruit in direct sunlight for long periods, so avoid the problems of sun scald etc.

When watering, avoid splashing soil up onto the lowest leaves which may transfer soil infections into a plant through the leaves. Splashing water up onto growing fruit may also create ghost spot which is caused by grey mould soil spores and displays small transparent water-like rings. It’s also a good idea to pull off suckers, side shoots and leaf branches by hand rather than cut them because the blades of knives and scissors can spread disease from one plant to another.

Nick Chenhall has been a keen tomato grower for many years and runs his own tomato growing website. If you would like to find out more about growing tomatoes, please visit: http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk

Best Tips For Growing Tomatoes In Cold Weather

One of the biggest enemy of a tomato plant is cold weather. That’s why growing tomatoes in cold climates forces us to choose between the two: greenhouse or indoor garden with fluorescent lights. Either way we need to remember both about the light and the temperature. We will discuss all these issues in this article.

If we live in a colder climate and we are fixated on growing tomatoes in cold weather, then we have to do one of 2 things. We either have to fix up a nice place indoors for them with plenty of light, and the proper temperatures, or we have to install a green house outdoors.

Now, when we talk about greenhouses, we don’t have to be talking about the big expensive kind you see at the local garden centers. Because most of us do not have enough resources or space to install one, we should consider smaller alternatives. Small versions however can be built or even kits found on places such as eBay for less than a hundred dollars, complete.

Among the most important benefits of using a greenhouse is the fact that it protects the plants from both wind and low temperatures. This is probably the best scenario as the plants will be able to take advantage of natural light which is best for them. If that’s not possible however, then perhaps you have some extra space inside the house or even the garage where you can set up your tomato garden.

Just make sure that where ever you put them, they have access to plenty of light. Where sunshine is lacking, fluorescent lights can be used in place of it. The longer the lights can stay on, the better off your plants will be. Then once you have your area set up, simply carry on with your gardening the same way you would normally care for your plants.

Further care of your plants should include feeding them and pruning them back. When the leaves have plenty of room to grow and they aren’t all bunched together, they will produce far more fruits than if left to their own devices. Taking good care of your plant regardless whether it’s growing indoors or outdoors will always help it in producing better quality fruits. You need to make sure that your tomato garden will drain well and your plants will not experience floods or droughts. Water them every day and remember that they like to be moist.

Pawel Kalkus is an internet writer and gardener with 15 years of experience in organic vegetable gardening. If you liked this article on growing tomatoes in cold weather go get your free copy of his “7 Best Tomato Growing Tips” ebook here.

Growing Tomatoes Upside-Down

An unusual new way to grow tomatoes, upside-down! There are many benefits of growing tomatoes upside down. One: Better air  circulation and plants have almost no disease problems. Two: the tomatoes stay off the ground preventing rot. Three: No staking up the plants just hang the buckets. Four: Less pests problems.and finally as the season ends you can bring the plants indoors so those green tomatoes in the vines will ripen. For the upside down container, we use 5-gallon buckets with their lids. If you can find the black plastic ones they be better for that they absorb more heat. They can be new or recycled but clean of any harmful materials. Look for the upside down containers in restaurants ,hardware stores or paint stores. Steps in growing tomatoes upside down:Cut a two or three inch hole on the bottom of the container and another hole in the center of the lid. It don’t matter if the holes are round or square. Stand the container upright,place some landscaping fabric to cover the hole so when we turn the container upside down the dirt will stay in the pail. We now fill the container with a good quality potting soil( mix in some compost )tamp the soil lightly.Fill the pail to the brim and before you place the lid back place another piece of landscaping fabric over the soil. With the lid on tight turn the pail upside down,cut a slit in the cloth material and plant your tomatoe seedling in deep( this makes the plant produce more roots from the stem). For the next week or so keep the bucket in a sunny location and well watered. As the plant reaches about a foot tall they are ready to hang up. These containers will be heavy so make sure they have planty of support to hold the weight down. This method of growing tomatoes upside down is becoming popular all over the USA and Canada. Greenhouses use these methods and also they grow peppers upside down.

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Growing Tomatoes In a Greenhouse

Growing Tomatoes inside a green house is quite common, especially in Britain. In Britain it is definately sensible to consider this because of the cooler climate. It traps heat giving the tomatoes the warmth they need to survive in colder conditions. Also inside the greenhouse tomatoes can’t be blown off there stems because there is no wind, you just have to make sure that they are watered thoroughly. You should always check the label of your tomatoe seeds, just to check how frequently you should water your tomatoes.

Making sure that the plant is tied up correctly is essential, the last thing you want is the plant to be falling over from the tomatoes weight, U can either use string to tie it to the roof of the greenhouse or you can tie it to a stick which will hold it up.

When you are picking your tomatoes, dont get impatient and collect them before they are fully coloured. By doing this you have just wasted all the time you spent growing them because they haven’t reached there full potential, you definately can’t glue them back to the plant. Make sure they are ready!

You should remove the leaves from under the first truss, and you should remove yellow leaves as the season progresses. You shouldnt over do the de-leafing process, as it may damage your tomatoes.

Remember that good things come to those who wait, so just keep waiting until your tomatoes are ripe and enjoy the rewards of a beautiful mouth watering tomato that you have grown yourself.

Please visit my site Tomato Growing for more information on growing tomatoes.

How to Plant Tomatoes and Care For Tomatoes When Greenhouse Growing

One of the main reasons for using a greenhouse when growing tomatoes is because of the climate you live in. If you cannot guarantee warm sunny weather for your tomatoes then you will need to consider using a greenhouse, this will help you control the climate for the tomato plants and give them a better chance of producing lots of edible fruit.

Clearly planting tomatoes in a greenhouse leaves you with limited options, for most people the greenhouse will be relatively small and probably only a little taller than the height of an average man, unless of course you have the space and money for a large more industrial sized greenhouse, but for the purposes of this article I am going to discuss the smaller option that is, I believe, more prolific in the home gardening environment.

This makes it much more difficult to use the tomato plant hanging option for your plants and in practical terms the only real option you have is to plant using the soil inside the greenhouse or to sit pots on the floor of the greenhouse, either way make sure you have a good mix of mulch, compost and fertilizer.

You will still need to be able to support the fronds of the tomato plant and with limited space a good way of doing this is to knock 3 stakes into the ground at each end of the planned run and to tie gardening string between the stakes. When the plants grow they pass through the strings and then hang over them a little like clothes on a washing line.

If you are inside a greenhouse the plants will be totally dependent on you for their water so you have a choice, invest in a self watering system or use hand watering. If you choose hand watering it is also good practice to leave the water in the greenhouse with the plants to allow it to warm a little before use. Takes a bit of discipline but as long as you refill after watering then leave overnight, that should do the trick and you will not shock the plants with cold water.

The final thing you need to take care of is not letting the greenhouse get too hot and or humid, if it is really sunny for a period you can paint the glass with a whitewash to reflect the sun away and you can open the roof light or door to let some of the heat get away but don’t forget to shut them again at night when it is cool.

Other than these few peculiarities the tomatoes should be treated in much the same as they would be if they were being grown outside, so in addition to proper soil preparation and watering, you need to take steps to keep them disease free, pest free and to give them access to plenty of nutrients via a feeding program.

Visit Home Grown Tomatoes for more tips and advice on tomato growing and to get access to expert advice that could double or triple the size of your crop of tomatoes.

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