As always, Sharon Yiesla gave us a great and entertaining presentation. We can always count on Sharon to make us laugh, and who doesn't love to laugh? This time the topic was gardening methods using fewer pesticides. She talked about plant health, monitoring daily for any changes in the condition of our gardens, and being sure to properly diagnose whatever problems we may find. Sometimes people spray for bugs when there aren't any there, or use the wrong products for the issue. There are good bugs and bad bugs---sometimes the good bugs are all we need to keep the bad bugs at bay. The problem is knowing the difference. In other words, don't assume all insects are detrimental. Basic garden practices, ie. weeding and proper watering, can go a long way in keeping gardens healthy. In cases when some chemical may be needed it is essential to read the labels carefully for toxicity and correct directions.
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