| Originally Posted by Lilpaisley |
Each summer we also plant our own veggie garden. Instead of pesticides we breed Praying Mantis and have the eggs hatch in the garden. Normally they take care of all the bugsâ€¦but this year has been so cold that the eggs havenâ€™t hatched yet and we are seeing some of our pepper and strawberry plants get attacked. Hopefully they will hatch soon. I just love going to the garden and picking the veggies for dinner. It puts me in such a happy mood during the summer.
Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:46 PM
Posted 10 July 2008 - 07:32 PM
When it starts to get cold out in early fall, try and catch a few of the mantis to bring inside the house. Last year we caught 4 total and ended up w/ 2 male and 2 female. We feed them crickets, flys, meal worms etc. during the winter. Each mantid is kept in it's own cage most of the time (we just got those plastic critter cages) After a they are full grown (they get wings in thier last stage) we feed the female really well and then place the male and female in the cage together for a little while. We watch them carefully so we can catch them before the female eats her mate. A few weeks later the female will create an egg. We remove the egg and keep it in the fridge until spring then hang it in the garden to hatch.
Our eggs from this year just hatched this weekend. My FI got some pics of the babies yesterday, I'll get them from him and post a few tonight. They are the coolest bugs. I just love to watch them
Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:49 PM
Posted 28 July 2008 - 03:18 PM
If you live in a town that has a CSA farm you can join and get fresh/organic produce delivered each week! We have tons of them in our area and they are all about $20/week which is a whole big box of produce. I love it!
My FI still shops at Walmart though.
Here is a website you can find a CSA farm in your area.
Community Supported Agriculture - LocalHarvest
Getting the produce box is much cheaper than WF.
Posted 28 July 2008 - 03:27 PM
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