I am very fond of plants thus I often overwinter tropical plants to use in my garden the next season. I am also fond of red wine. Turns out I sometimes have unwanted house guests who are also fond of red wine. These unwanted guest can sneak into my home when I overwinter tropical plants inside during the winter months. I am speaking of fungus gnats that sneak in with my plants. These little gnats seems to love red wine so much that if a glass of red wine is left untended when gnats are around they will soon be swimming in the wine. This is very annoying and also embarrassing when drinking wine with invited guests. There are ways to prevent this from happening. You could switch to white wine. Gnats, like me, have a strong preference for red wine. Instead of switching to white wine I have chosen to prevent the gnats from propagating.
For some folks holiday shopping is a joy. Yet for others it can be an ordeal. What to get? Will it fit? Will they like the color? Will they use it? If you fall into the former (or later, for that matter) category, I’ve got good news if you are looking for something special for a gardener. There are plenty of choices that won’t break the bank, and for this exercise let’s get creative and think outside the box.
Fungus gnats are a nuisance for many houseplant lovers and are especially apparent when container plants are brought inside for winter.
Potting soil may have been colonized by these common pests during the summer. When exposed to warmer indoor temperatures, containers can produce a bumper crop of gnats, which look like small mosquitoes.
Aquaponics offers flexibility of design - fish and plants can be produced almost anywhere, including roof tops.
What is aquaponics?
Aquaponics is the marriage between aquaculture and hydroponics. Essentially it is a "clean and green" method of growing fish and plants together in a closed system. The fish are reared in tanks and their water is pumped to the plants that are growing in soiless conditions. The plants take up the waste produced by fish for growth and the water is returned to the fish. The two systems actually benefit from each other.