Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes – 10 Methods That Work

a mosquito on a fine mesh screen

Few things are more annoying than a persistent mosquito, but it’s easy to forget they are also dangerous. Humans are vulnerable to several potentially fatal mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya, and dengue fever. A severe allergic reaction, “Skeeter Syndrome,” can also be life-threatening. Popular synthetic chemical sprays like Deet can deter mosquitoes. … Read more

Zebra Plant – Haworthiopsis fasciata & attenuata

a Zebra haworthia on a table

Zebra plant is a term commonly used to describe a pair of succulent doppelgängers: Haworthiopsis fasciata and Haworthiopsis attenuata. Both are like tiny aloes, with dark green spiky leaves decorated with thin, bumpy, white stripes.  There’s a lot of controversy over the classification of Zebra plants. It is common for garden centers to sell H. … Read more

Guide to Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma Care

a pot of Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma on a table

The rhaphidophora tetrasperma needs a better nickname. Otherwise known as a “mini monstera” (it is not a monstera) or a “ginny philodendron” (it is not a philodendron), the rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a distinct species in the Araceae family. It is cousins with both the philodendron and the peace lily. The nickname confusion is understandable. Like … Read more

How to Speed Up Composting

how to speed up composting

Compost is a valuable addition to any garden, but an unbalanced and untended compost pile is like a stew left simmering on low heat. It takes a long time to finish, and even with patience, the texture will still be pretty chunky. While you can make compost slowly — throwing yard waste and kitchen waste in a … Read more