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gardenandtable:

wildestdreamsgardens:

White Admirals among the broccoli seedlings.

Why are there soo many?? They’re just flocking to it!

These newly hatched butterflies are feeding on the moist compost, even the moisture from the peat trays themselves.  They can often be seen near rain puddles or compost piles, even dung doing the same.  Here in Vermont White Admirals predictably appear about the middle of June each year, quite literally around the 15th or 16th of the month. The males, which are smaller, typically appear about a week to 10 days ahead of the larger females.

milos-garden:

wildestdreamsgardens:

White Admirals among the broccoli seedlings.

Wow ! Do they lay their eggs on brass or were they just hanging out ?

They were feeding on the moist compost and moisture on the peat pots following a rain.  They were just hatched.

Tips for Your Vegetable Garden:

Some plants, especially herbs, act as repellents, confusing insects with their strong odors that mask the scent of the intended host plants.

Dill and basil planted among tomatoes protect the tomatoes from hornworms, and sage scattered about the cabbage patch reduces injury from cabbage moths.

Marigolds are as good as gold when grown with just about any garden plant, repelling beetles, nematodes, and even animal pests.

Some companions act as trap plants, luring insects to themselves. Nasturtiums, for example, are so favored by aphids that the devastating insects will flock to them instead of other plants.

Carrots, dill, parsley, and parsnip attract garden heroes — praying mantises, ladybugs, and spiders — that dine on insect pests.

Much of companion planting is common sense: Lettuce, radishes, and other quick-growing plants sown between hills of melons or winter squash will mature and be harvested long before these vines need more leg room.
Leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard grown in the shadow of corn
Sunflowers appreciate the dapple shade that corn casts and, since their roots occupy different levels in the soil, don’t compete for water and nutrients.
Incompatible Plants (Combatants)
While white garlic and onions repel a plethora of pests and make excellent neighbors for most garden plants, the growth of beans and peas is stunted in their presence.
Potatoes and beans grow poorly in the company of sunflowers, and although cabbage and cauliflower are closely related, they don’t like each other at all.
Strange Pairings
Sometimes plants may be helpful to one another only at a certain stage of their growth. The number and ratio of different plants growing together is often a factor in their compatibility, and sometimes plants make good companions for no apparent reason.

You would assume that keeping a garden weed-free would be a good thing, but this is not always the case. Certain weeds pull nutrients from deep in the soil and bring them close to the surface. When the weeds die and decompose, nutrients become available in the surface soil and are more easily accessed by shallow-rooted plants.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing examples of strange garden bedfellows is the relationship between the weed stinging nettle and several vegetable varieties. For reasons that are unclear, plants grown in the presence of stinging nettle display exceptional vigor and resist spoiling.

One of the keys to successful companion planting is observation. Record your plant combinations and the results from year to year, and share this information with other gardening friends.
Companionship is just as important for gardeners as it is for gardens.

nobody-no:

 The Wave in North Coyote Buttes is in the Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area on the border of Utah and Arizona at the edge of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument which is in Utah.
by tanya

nobody-no:


The Wave in North Coyote Buttes is in the Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area on the border of Utah and Arizona at the edge of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument which is in Utah.

by tanya

(via pocula)