Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: Composting can suppress plant diseases. It will also usually eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
 
Don’t forget what Joe Lamp’l told us about gardening back in December: “You don’t need synthetic fertilizer or pesticides. You need compost and mulch. Compost is the magic bullet for many things.”

Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: Aphids poop sugar.
 
Aphids feed by piercing the phloem tissue of the host plant and sucking up the sap. Unfortunately, sap is mostly sugar, so an aphid must consume a lot of sap to meet its nutritional requirement for protein. Much of what the aphid consumes just goes to waste. The excess sugar is eliminated in the form of a sugary droplet called honeydew. An aphid-infested plant quickly becomes coated in the sticky excretions.