Saturday, March 22, 2014

Springtime in the Greenhouse

 The Ladies Have Arrived
This has been a tough year for aphids on the diplodenia.  We used several methods to control them.  Pruning, a hard spray of water and safer soap.  Now, it is all up to the lady bugs.  did you know that there are at least 200 kinds of aphids.  The ones on the diplodenia plants are orange.  Aphids reproduce sexually and asexually.  One female hatched in spring can produce thousands of decendants.  When a male is need they can change sex and produce eggs that can withstand winters harsh weather and if food gets scarce they grow wings and fly to a new plant. 
The greenhouse has been busy with volunteers starting pepper, tomato and eggplant seedlings.  the spring sale will begin the Saturday before Mother's Day May, 10th. 
We are also going to celebrate Earth Day with a festival on April 12th.  Come help us start squash and cukes or just peruse the plants and start planning your garden.  We will have paperwhites, violas and other flowers to buy and beans for the kiddies to start.