Linking To The Future
What Links You to the Future?
I know insects are creepy and have an eekkKK! factor to them ~ well, some do! You have to admit some insects do look kind of cute, like my grasshopper friend here, found in my garden early one morning.
Besides a cute guy, what do you see?
All photos by me ~ Bev Lemley ~ All rights reserved
Now I'll admit, I don't know exactly how grasshoppers benefit mankind besides being cute ~ they seem to enjoy lounging around on the flowers and leaves, not really doing much of anything! But they're usually nice and fat ~ another way of saying they are a delicious meal for other insects and birds. And anytime you have healthy snackin' going on, your food links are working pretty well.
Since I enjoy organic gardening, I reap many benefits from the joys of a healthy food chain ~ I see it as links to our future! So bottom line? No insects, no corn in your tank or in your belly
eeKKK!! - No, wait! He's actually a friend!
Now, I will admit some insects are not so cool ~ and probably should make us cringe and hide ~ or stomp. Sad but true, Insects can cause crop damage and economic losses. But could it partly be to blame because the food chain's out of balance ~ that is, pesticides brought down the number of preditors that would have kept that insect in check ~ and insects catch the blame! Go figure!
The Dirt on Dust
Harmful pesticide dusts are carried back to the hive and can wipe out huge populations of bees ~ hey! Without bees or other pollinators, there are no crops! Which means no corn in your belly or tank! Reap big benefits by developing healthy food chain links!
What do you think is outside? - Do you worry?
Given that our neighbors can be spraying at any time for anything, be it weeds or bugs, we should realize that the entire environment is affected. The birds that come into your yard could have just left someone's yard that has recently sprayed ~ I wonder how this affects the birds. The drift from spray we can't see settles in your yard, quite possibly, so even if you don't spray, your yard could be affected. I certainly realize I can only do my little part in this big world to keep the chemicals down to keep from harming the wildlife.
How do you feel about this?
To the Point...
No need to point ~ ouch! ~ that insects' natural defense mechanisms can cause serious allergic reactions. My thoughts are with those that have been subjected to painful bites and stings ~ it certainly is an awful truth about insects. But overuse of pesticides is harmful, too!
Wouldn't you say that our future is much better if we will learn how to incorporate insects in beneficial ways and how to control them through natural links in food chains ~ or ~ do you feel it is essential we continue the use of pesticides and chemicals in order to control insects, even at the cost of eliminating beneficial insects, which essentially sets up a vicious cycle!
So our choices are a healthy food chain, links to the future ~ or ~ an unbalanced cycle that is like a wobbly wheel, bound to fall off!
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The Food Chain ~ Healthy Links to our Future! - Who wins? We all do!
When carefully left untouched ~ which is surprisingly easy to do ~ nature can sure take care of things just fine.
There's usually the right amount of predators to keep things in a healthy balance. A bonus is the interesting array of insects and birds that will come around to be a part of this natural habitat. Like to take photographs? Nature's bounty at your backdoor!
P.S. I hope you like the pictures ~ they were taken in my backyard!
Natural Way to Rid Your Yard of Fire Ants!
Here is a sure fire way get rid of fire ants: Boiling water (well, you know, straight from the stovetop, boiling at one point, anyway) with a squirt of dish soap ~ I use a natural dishsoap, as well. Here is how I successfully rid my garden of fire ants:
I had four mounds to get rid of, one of them was really big, and another pretty good size, and two a bit smaller. The ants were virtually inactive with the cooler weather, around 50 degrees, so that probably helped.
I decided to tackle the biggest mound first. I boiled one pot of water, about 1.5 quarts, put a good squirt of dishsoap in it, turned off the stove, put a lid on the pot, put the pot on a potholder, and went carefully to the garden, trying not to slosh it out. I carefully poured it on the mound, and as soon as the center column opened up, I poured it directly in that opening. I repeated that procedure with a second pot, pouring in the column. The next pot, I poured it all around the top of the mound, trying to get the soapy water on all the chambers circling around the column. The fourth pot, I just poured the near boiling water all over. Interestingly enough, after the second pot, the column was full of bubbles and water.
The day after my natural remedy, the column was full of dead ants and larvae, with two or three ants milling about. I couldn't treat that day, so I had to come back the next day. Eureka! No more ants to be seen, and no poisons in my garden or in my neighbor's well, or heading off downstream to the fish or for the birds to pick up and die from. Thank Heavens! I did not want to see my organic efforts go by the wayside, even though the threat of the fire ants almost had me putting out chemicals. Thanks to my neighbor for his great suggestion to try this remedy!
This natural method rid my yard of all four fire ant mounds ~ the other three, which were far less in size, only took two or three pots.
West Nile Virus... - The use of pesticides....and what you can do...
Even with the threat of West Nile virus, it is still my personal belief that no pesticides or herbicides is ultimately the best way to be...More dragonflies for the mosquitoes! I am greatly concerned about the epidemic of West Nile virus. This is a no win! More pesticides will cause more harm, and more mosquitoes, will, too. What is humanity to do? I know that nature's balance is birds and dragonflies, damselflies and a host of other things to eat not only the mosquitoes, but flies and other "nasty" type bugs. The good bugs and birds are hurt by the pesticides, as well as perhaps, ironically, humans, whom the pesticides are meant to protect ~ vicious cycle!
I am not even considering spraying anything for mosquitoes, but will try to eliminate any stagnant water ~ it only takes a day for the breeding to get started. So any amount of delay in changing bird baths is not good. Flower pots that have a bottom that hold water are dangerous, too. Yes, that's right, dangerous for the spread of disease, as they frequently go unchanged or attended for many days, and the water gets warm. Warm water is definitely where the breeding gets started. So humans need to start helping to take care of the problem instead of reaching for a can of chemicals or waiting for spray from a plane overhead.
And check those rain barrels, perhaps the lids are holding water ~ if you see squirming larvae in the barrel or on the lid, you have mosquitoes about to hatch!
Make sure your birdbaths are in a good spot to dry up the water that is poured out. A sunny spot with good drainage will help keep the mosquitoes from breeding. I've recently moved my birdbath to remedy this ~ and not a moment too soon!
Read more organic ways to control mosquitoes and other insects at Insects in the Garden.
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Please add places we may not even have thought about that can hold water to allow mosquitoes to breed and hatch ~ it only takes a few days...
KIDS LINKING TO THEIR FUTURE - Tender Green Sprouts
Tomorrow starts with today! Raffi has been loved for a generation for showing kids how to take care of our world. Kids of all ages find it easy to take on the challenge to be a link to their future.
For viewing, check out Raffi on YouTube!
BUGS ARE COOL! - So is a successful food chain!
I hope you're at least curious about the idea of allowing nature to set up a successful food chain in your home environment. If all it took for success was to stop using chemicals, would you be interested?
If you were told you can have a successful food chain in your yard, would you be interested?
My Point! - Nature takes care of itself!
Just like this little bee and crab spider, nature can take care of itself just fine. Dragonflies, martins, bats, and birds are wonderful bug zappers for mosquitoes and other pesky flying things; birds will snack on spiders, damaging caterpillers ~ okay, good ones, as well, but that's nature ~ and even ticks!; lady bugs will clean up all the aphids you can see and probably the eggs you can't see; a can of worms will help till and enrich the soil; spiders ~ think Charlotte ~ will help catch insects in general ~ and weave a very interesting web!; frogs and lizards eat water bugs and ants ~ yes, eekkKK! Good for them and good for us! These are just a few examples of how powerful nature's ecological systems are. Even if proven safe, chemicals can unbalance nature by eradicating necessary food for the upper links and eliminating preditors in the down links.
I hope this rattles your chain a bit and makes you reconsider using chemicals. At least for some of the time. You will be helping to save Nature and also a bit of your wallet and time!
I agree! - Butterflies ARE prettier...
...than insects! Especially on beautiful flowers! But it takes the cute insects to help make the beautiful flowers and the more beautiful insects ~ maybe that's what makes the cute ones cute?! It is amazing how everything interplays in the world. And it even starts with things uglier than a bug...now I do have a picture of a really neat earthworm...but I'll spare you ~ for now!
To Help Us Turn Green! - A Tip!
If you see little specks along the joints of your flowers, it could be aphids. Don't dispare! Think LADYBUGS AND PRAYING MANTIS! These little hungry giants will clean up a garden in no time, of all the aphids and then some. Some garden centers carry cartons of lady bugs and praying mantis egg cases. Let the lady bugs go at night, since they don't fly at night. They will spend the next several weeks looking for and helping to rid your garden of aphids ~ and you will enjoy a lovely garden, with a healthy link carrying on!
Good News! Look what Herman Miller has done and is doing!
Wow! Talk about progress on the Green Front! My husband brought home a small bottle of honey from work, with a message attached, from the great company of Herman Miller. To get the incredible full story and beautiful pictures, PLEASE visit Herman Miller's Greenhouse Honey story. You will be so inspired and encouraged by what they have taken upon themselves to do for the environment, for the country, for employees, and in essence, the world, by being a leader. THEY ARE THE FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL!
Here is the video, Sweeter Solution, below, to be amazed, too ~ please take less than 2 minutes to watch!
I am so encouraged! I see a need to showcase businesses that show exemplary concern and care for the environment, and that have taken steps to be a leader on this front. I find it most encouraging and important to surround ourselves with this movement forward to protect what we have before it is gone. Please join me in adding any company names you come across to this list. I will check them out and showcase them here.
Organic Gardening - Healthy Food Chains for a Healthy US
Maybe the idea of allowing the environment to prove it can take care of itself is new to you ~ maybe the thought of letting dragonflies help control mosquitoes hasn't topped your priority list for a healthier tomorrow. After all, the mosquitoes have to go NOW!
Maybe if we chip away at the little things, our tomorrows will be in a more beautiful place.
SHOW YOUR GREEN! - Support Nature's Way!
For all our tomorrows, protect our today's
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September 7, 2012, this lens, Linking to the Future, received a Purple Star ~
Thank you, Squidoo HQ Team!
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