Archive for June, 2016

Planting Butterfly Gardens: Do it the easy way with a revolutionary handheld garden tool!

Monday, June 27th, 2016

PlantingButterflyGardensHave you ever seen something and thought, “Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous”? Well, that’s what butterfly gardens make people say every day; they’re beautiful, colorful, peacefully serene, and of course surrounded by butterflies. You may want one of your own, but it can be complicated to craft one by yourself. Luckily the CobraHead long handle and handheld gardening tools minimize the pain of weeding and cultivating for your garden!

Eliminate the pain of weeding. Literally.
Most handheld gardening tools are hard for people to use because they require that person to kneel down on the ground, causing back and joint pain. Luckily, the CobraHead long handle gardening tool allows you to stand while doing a variety of gardening tasks! It comes in 48 inch, 54 inch, and 60 inch long handles, so whether you’re a shorter, average, or taller gardener, there’s a tool for you. Instead of fumbling around on the ground weeding your butterfly garden on your hands and knees, you have the freedom to stand up and annihilate those pesky weeds! Planting a butterfly garden should be easy and weed-free, so whenever you need to beautify your garden by getting rid of weeds, the CobraHead long handle tool is the perfect solution.

No cultivator? No problem.
Now, in order to experience the beauty of your butterfly garden, you first have to make one! The first step when planting the seeds for your garden is going to be cultivating the soil and making seed furrows. The handheld Cobrahead Weeder and Cultivator is made from tempered steel, so there’s no worry about the tool breaking while you’re cultivating your garden. It only weighs 9 ounces which means people of all sizes are able to use it! The blade is narrow and sharp, making it perfect for getting in between the many flowers in your new garden. Not only will the flowers be vibrant and plentiful, but the butterflies will love fluttering around your garden worry free because the CobraHead gardening tool created a solid foundation for the nectar that they eat.

PlowPlow right through the gardening process!
The sturdy CobraHead Long Handle has a heat treated steel blade so you don’t have to be concerned about hard clay when you’re weeding your butterfly garden. The handle is sturdily fastened to the sharp blade, allowing you to blast through dirt, clay, and other types of garden foundations. It is available with three different handle lengths which means people of all sizes are able to use it! Weeds can be taken out at ground level with the long handle, so there is minimal strain on your back and knees. Say bye bye to the days of getting on your hands and knees and weeding for hours on end!

The innovative CobraHead tool designs are perfect for anyone trying to plant their very own beautiful butterfly garden. After using them, you’ll never go back to your old ways of weeding. You’ll be able to maintain your exquisite garden with floating butterflies all around, all while avoiding the back and knee pain of gardening. Act fast and buy your brand new CobraHead gardening tools now!

It’s National Pollinator Week!

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Fly on Cilantro.

Fly on Cilantro.

National Pollinator Week is a USDA sponsored event with the main focus of improving the health of pollinators, primarily, honeybees.  I appreciate their efforts, but if the USDA really wanted to improve pollinator health, they would get out of their agri-business practices that are most responsible for loss of pollinator friendly ecosystems.  Anyway, celebrating pollinators is a good thing, so we’ll contribute by featuring some of our local pollinating friends.

There are a lot more pollinators out there than just honeybees.  The home gardener, particularly, can get along just fine without ever having a European type honey bee, the kind used by the agricultural industry and the honey industry, visit their property.  We see quite a few European honeybees, I presume from hives in the area, but most of my pollinators are the wild type.  I rate bumblebees as our number one friend.  Bumblebees are prolific here, with many varieties showing up, but I’ve chosen to show off a few other creatures that also do their part.

At the top is a fly on some flowering cilantro.  I’ve found cilantro to be an excellent attractor to pollinating insects, so I let it bolt and flower as often as I can.

Ant on Cilantro

Ant on Cilantro

Ants are important pollinators.

Cabbage Moth

Cabbage Moth

I don’t like this guy at all, but almost all moths and butterflies do contribute to the pollination of garden plants.

Damselfly

Damselfly

There is discussion on whether damselflies and dragonflies are important or possibly negative in the pollination scheme.  They do contribute a little to pollination, but they probably eat up more pollinating insects than their pollinating efforts offset.  They eat a lot of bad bugs, however, and they sure are cool looking.

Wasp on Cilantro

Wasp on Cilantro

Wasps are very important pollinators, but watch out, they don’t make good pets!

Wasp on Sumac

Wasp on Sumac

Wasp on Wild Aster

Wasp on Wild Aster

I like the wild aster, I’m not keen on sumac, but flowering weeds support a lot of insects.

Small Bee on Potato Blossom

Small Bee on Potato Blossom

We get a lot of bees that are not your typical honeybee.  Here’s a little bitty bee on a potato blossom.

Bees do It

Bees do It

Love makes the world go round.

Bee on Cilantro

Bee on Cilantro

My, what big eyes you have!

Bee on Mustard

Bee on Mustard

A metallic blue bee.

Small Bee on Cilantro

Small Bee on Cilantro

We see numerous varieties of small bees along with many other pollinating animals.  We try to provide plants they like, and having a National Pollinator Week to get people to understand the importance of pollination is actually a very good idea.