The weather has cooled after the mini-heatwave in August, but those hot, sunny days promoted a rise in insect numbers. If you are still swatting flies and wasps in your home, you might like to consider a little biological control in the form of plants. Some flowers and foliage give off an aroma that bugs would rather avoid. Fill your windowsills and kitchens with pots or vases of the following in order to help deter insects.
Heard of a Venus fly trap (Dionaea muscipula)? Of course you have. But do you know how carnivorous plants actually work? Are they a threat to small animals, perhaps, and can they bite your finger? Why do they need to catch prey rather than live off the soil? Charles Darwin apparently described the Venus fly traps as some of the “most wonderful plants in the world”.
We've lost touch with nature. It impacts in quite serious ways. As more and more people live in towns and cities, our souls are crying out to connect with the things they need. How can we help ourselves?
How sustainable are you in your garden?
As part of nature, plants themselves are perfectly balanced. They grow organically, they bear fruit and seed and some of this is eaten by animals and humans. Eventually they die and return everything and more back to the soil. Plants in their natural surroundings are in harmony with nature. Plant matter which is farmed or grown for pleasure can eventually be composted and fully re-used. Even water that is used to help plants thrive is recyclable in terms of photosynthesis, evaporation and rain.